A Transcendentalist Moment

by (@TheIRD) January 24, 2013

By Bart Gingerich (@BJGingerich) Future historians will probably remember 2013 as a turning point in public prayer. No doubt controversy will rage on a topic so political. And I don’t mean the partisan dismissal of Louie Giglio for his stance on sexuality; I refer instead to the introductory prayer by Myrlie Evers-Williams. A former Democratic Congressional candidate […]

CNN: Inaugural Committee Taps Episcopal Priest for Inaugural Prayer

by (@JeffreyHWalton) January 16, 2013

Following ABC News’ report last week that Evangelical Pastor Louis Giglio had withdrawn from the inaugural ceremony, CNN has reported that the Rev. Luis León of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square will be offering the benediction. León previously offered an opening prayer at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush. The first family […]

IRD Board Chair Comments on Louie Giglio’s Ouster

by (@TheIRD) January 15, 2013

By Janice Shaw Crouse Last week, the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church, was pressured to withdraw from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. A liberal watchdog group uncovered a two-decades-old sermon in which Mr. Giglio preached a biblically-based message that homosexuality, like other sins, required repentance — and […]

Mark Tooley Quoted on Life Site News about Louie Giglio Stepping Down

by (@TheIRD) January 10, 2013

Rev. Louie Giglio, the pro-family pastor picked by President Obama to deliver the benediction at his Jan. 21st inauguration, has backed out after a pressure campaign by homosexual activists. Rev. Giglio, who heads Atlanta’s Passion City Church, said he did not want the inauguration to “be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the […]

Evangelical Pastor Out at Presidential Inauguration

by (@TheIRD) January 10, 2013

Contact:  Jeff Walton 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639 cell “Are all orthodox clergy now to be banished from civic life if they openly affirm their faith’s teachings about marriage and sexual ethics?” -Mark Tooley, IRD President Washington, DC—An Evangelical pastor tapped earlier this week to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration is withdrawing after criticism of a sermon he gave […]