Just a few months ago President Barack Obama seemed pretty excited to have Cardinal Timothy Dolan, an opponent of gay “marriage” offer the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention. At that time, the Catholic vote was a point of concern in the election.
But it would seem the election is over. And it’s now being reported that one of the pastors chosen to deliver the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration withdrew because he once said homosexuality is a sin. This comment caused quite the ruckus from gay-rights groups and certain left-of-center websites. The pastor was even labeled “anti-gay.”
And it was the promise of escalating outrage that caused Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church in Atlanta, to withdraw. He was afraid that his presence would become a distraction.
But I have to wonder if it would have been a distraction or a clarifying event? I give huzzahs to the Inaugural staff who seemingly pushed Rev. Giglio out the door. I prefer clarity on such issues.