The Louie Giglio saga and America’s New Moral McCarthyism

11 Jan

According to the Obama Inauguration Committee, they made a mistake when they asked Louie Giglio, an evangelical Christian, to give the benediction at the Presidential Inauguration ceremony.  They failed to discover early enough that nearly 20 years ago, he preached a sermon in which he quoted the scriptural passage saying that homosexuals (and other kinds of sinners given over to particular kinds of sins) will not enter the kingdom of heaven.  The public square has no place for such individuals in this age, they said.  They’ll need to look elsewhere for someone who fits the new cultural profile of hope and change, I suppose.  I do have one question.  For the speakers that are featured at the inauguration, can we presume that they have never made public statements criticizing evangelical, Catholic, or Mormon doctrines about sexuality or anything else?  I assume they’ve not since expressed disapproval of a religious viewpoint is clearly religious bigotry, intolerant, and we can’t have that, now can we?

From Dr. Al Mohler:

The fact that Giglio was actually disinvited was made clear in a statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”

That statement is, in effect, an embarrassed apology for having invited Louie Giglio in the first place. Whisenant’s statement apologizes for the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s failure to make certain that their selection had never, at any time, for any reason, believed that homosexuality is less than a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. The committee then promised to repent and learn from their failure, committing to select a replacement who would “reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance.”

The imbroglio over Louie Giglio is the clearest evidence of the new Moral McCarthyism of our sexually “tolerant” age. During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses would be asked, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

In the version now to be employed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the question will be: “Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transsexualism, etc.) is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration?”

Full post from Mohler

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