The New Queer Litmus Test

It used to be that politicos had to proclaim their intolerance to get a seat at the table. Now, that same intolerance will get you kicked to the curb.

The NYTimes reports that Reverend Louie Giglio, an Atlanta-based minister, has given up his chance to deliver the benediction for President Obama’s inauguration. The reason? People found out about an anti-gay sermon from the mid-90s in which he preached that homosexuals are going to Hell. I’m wondering where Obama expects to find a mainstream pastor who¬†didn’t preach against the gays in the mid-90s, but that’s neither here nor there.

It seems like this one barely lasted long enough to be controversial. Remember four years ago when Rick Warren got to give the invocation, despite the controversy? And he’s still saying bone-headed things about gays on a near-daily basis.

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