January 16, 2013

The Rabbi Who Shocked Jackie O

Rachel Gordan, Religion & Politics

Last week, President Obama’s inaugural committee caused quite a stir after it announced who would be praying during the president’s second inauguration. Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, would give the opening prayer, reportedly the first woman and first non-clergyperson to do so. The Rev. Louie Giglio was supposed to deliver the benediction. Then an old sermon of his resurfaced, in which the evangelical megachurch pastor from Atlanta preached against “the homosexual lifestyle.” Giglio pulled out of the ceremony; it’s still an open question as to who will replace him.  

If recent history dictates the next choice, the religious leader will most likely be a Christian, and a Protestant Christian at that. In 2009, TIME...

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TAGGED: John F. Kennedy, Nelson Glueck, Jews, Inauguration

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