Friday, January 11, 2013

Giglio and the prayer gig

Big news today on the religion front is Louie Giglio withdrawing from praying the presidential inaugural prayer due to homosexual protests against his religious belief that homosexuality is a sin. Because of time constraints, I'll keep my comments brief and link to a news story and some Baptist blog posts. President Obama has a right to choose (and unchoose) whomever he wishes to pray the inaugural prayer. Interest groups have a right to protest (I suspect some Christians might have protested had he chosen a Muslim imam). Giglio had a right to withdraw, whatever his reason. I think the bigger news is this. The religious belief that homosexuality is a sin appears to be becoming a minority belief in the U.S.A. When you stand with a majority it is easy. But how will you stand when your beliefs become unpopular?

Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks
Are Evangelicals No Longer Welcome in the Public Square?
If You Had Any Doubt, Evangelicals Are Now an Unwelcome Minority in America!
Louie Giglio and the New State Church
The public inauguration of a new Moral McCarthyism

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