Earlier this week, the Inaugural Committee announced that Rev. Louie Giglio would deliver an inaugural benediction.

But yesterday, Giglio withdrew his name after progressives cried “homophobe.”

Left-wing sites like ThinkProgress pounced on a 1990s sermon Giglio gave on the “Christian Response to Homosexuality” and gleefully bullied him out of the inaugural program.

Giglio preached that homosexuality is a sin, gay relationships are a choice and same-sex partnerships should not be “given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family.” Agree or disagree, the sermon was hardly outside the mainstream beliefs held by many Christians. And in a letter sent to the White House, Giglio wrote, “Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years.”

Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers tore into the “intolerant left” for claiming yet another “scalp.”

Powers is a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration. Is she being sarcastic?

Nope. Powers has a history of fighting like a girl, even if it means departing from the Democrat party line.

As Powers notes, Giglio has dedicated himself to fighting human trafficking and sex slavery.

In fact, that’s why he was chosen to deliver the benediction. But that’s worth nothing to the Left if he won’t toe every progressive line.

We won’t hold our breath on that one.

Shh. Don’t give them any ideas.

A spokeswoman for the Inaugural Committee said, “We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural.” Hardly a welcome mat.

Exit question from Powers: