The Department of Defense is set to welcome Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Ministries, as the headline speaker for its Day of Prayer on May 2, 2013. Today, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and OutServe-SLDN called on the Pentagon to remove the pastor from the agenda, citing his blatantly anti-LGBT message.
"Mr. Laurie represents the worst our nation's communities of faith have to offer when it comes to fairness, justice, and equality. His hurtful, out-of-the-mainstream rhetoric stands at direct odds with the mission the Commander-in-Chief and the Secretary of Defense have laid out: that this nation's military will be an institution that respects the dignity and honors the service of our gay and lesbian service members, veterans, and their families," said Allyson Robinson, an ordained Baptist minister and Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN. “On behalf of our 6,000 members and their families, representing over 67,000 LGBT members of the armed forces, we call upon the Department of Defense to rescind their invitation to Pastor Laurie and invite in his place a faith leader who can speak with integrity and respect to the needs and concerns of all of our nation’s courageous service members,” she said.
Among Laurie's past comments are the following, as reported on October 31, 2012 by The Christian Post:
"God has established the order of the family. It's been said a family can survive without a nation, but a nation cannot survive without the family. God set it up – bringing a man and a woman together in marriage and then of course ultimately with children and grandchildren. That's his order. What does he start with? Honor your father and mother. Notice it says honor your father and mother. Not honor your father and father, or honor your mother and mother, or honor your mother and her live-in lover or her partner. We tamper with God's order at our own peril."