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Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration over Previous Comments

VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the invocation at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News.

Giglio is now a pastor at Passion City Church in Georgia.  His role at President Obama’s second inauguration was first announced on Tuesday.

But the liberal website reported Wednesday on audio of Giglio delivering a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he said homosexuality is a sin and advocated gay “recovery.”

Here is one passage from Giglio’s mid-90s sermon uncovered by ThinkProgress:

"We must lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community. … Underneath this issue is a very powerful and aggressive moment.  That movement is not a benevolent movement, it is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family."

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‘Burn a Quran’ Pastor Sets Sights on White House 

Mario Tama/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Add Pastor Terry Jones to the list of controversial religious leaders making presidential endorsements this season.  The Florida preacher who set fire to the Quran, sparking a deadly riot, told ABC News he would back GOP front-runner Herman Cain.

But he’d rather not have to endorse anyone, because Jones, 59, whose resume includes managing a hotel and founding a small Florida church, is running for president.

“I think Herman Cain would make a tremendous president,” Jones said. “I would definitely pick Cain. He’s got lots of guts and comes the closest to telling American people the truth. But don’t forget, I’m running too.”

Jones skyrocketed to infamy in 2010 on the eve of that year’s 9/11 anniversary when he planned International Burn a Quran Day.  He balked after political and military leaders convinced him not to set fire to a pile of Muslim holy books. But in April 2011, he went ahead with burning a Quran, leading to a riot in Afghanistan, in which 10 U.N. officials were killed.

Jones called those deaths “very much of a surprise” and said as president he wouldn’t burn any Qurans at the White House.

He would, though, “confront sharia law and radical Muslims” and is “definitely for the deportation of all of the illegal immigrants.”

He also supports recalling all U.S. troops back to the United States.

Unlike GOP contenders Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Rick Perry, Jones, a fundamentalist preacher, says he was not called by God to run for office; there were “just a lot of people who thought it would be a good idea.”

Jones says he has begun raising funds, but would not disclose how much. He said he’s looking into getting on the ballot and will likely run as an independent.

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