While I was not aware of the sermon Mr. Giglio preached in the 1990s and might not agree with his current position on the issue of homosexuality, I welcome his prayers at the inauguration.
I invited Mr. Giglio to deliver an inaugural prayer not because of his political opinions, but because of his faith in God. Pastor Giglio is one of the nation’s leading voices in the area of human trafficking, an important issue not just around the world but within our borders.
Not only do I stand by my invitation to Pastor Giglio to pray at the inauguration, I invite all Americans to visit enditmovement.com and get involved. It’s easy to talk, but action is more important.
I deeply regret the dispersion cast on Pastor Giglio from groups supposedly interested in providing equal freedom for all people and delivered through the media. Personal attacks in the name of tolerance violate the very essence of the word.
Tolerance does not mean we tolerate those who agree with us. It means we are willing to respect and honor those from all walks of life. It means we respond with respect to all people, even those with whom we disagree. Especially with those with whom we disagree.
As the President of the United States, I ask for the prayers of all Americans, those who share the beliefs of this administration and those who do not.