Thursday, November 02, 2006


via Aravosis:
A gay man and admitted male escort claims he has had an ongoing sexual relationship with a well-known Evangelical pastor from Colorado Springs.

Mike Jones told '9 Wants to Know' Investigative Reporter Paula Woodward he has had a "sexual business" relationship with Pastor Ted Haggard for the past three years.

Haggard is the founder and senior leader of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The church has 14,000 members.

He is also president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that represents millions of people.

Haggard is married with five children and an outspoken critic of gay marriage....

Jones started talking to 9 Wants to Know two months ago. He claims Haggard has been paying him for sex over the past three years, even though Haggard preaches that homosexuality is a sin.

Jones also claims Haggard used methamphetamine in his presence on several occasions....

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw profiled Haggard in 2005 in a series on mega-churches. Haggard was also listed by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Evangelicals in America last year.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled John Kerry Stand-Up Comedy Marathon.

Update: Haggard (whose name now seems rather appropriate) has resigned. Expect him to announce that he was abused by Mark Foley's priest, too.

Updater: Oh, and Haggard appears in the documentary "Jesus Camp."

Updaterer: A commenter points to an interesting piece in Harpers here. The whole thing is worth a read, but check out this excerpt:
At the time, Colorado Springs was a small city split between the Air Force and the New Age, and the latter, Pastor Ted believed, worked for the devil. Pastor Ted soon began upsetting the devil's plans. He staked out gay bars, inviting men to come to his church; his whole congregation pitched itself into invisible battles with demonic forces, sometimes in front of public buildings.
Oh my.

Updatest: James Dobson doubles down. We may be well on the way to full-on fundie fission here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember Haggard (no, not that way)!

Jeff Sharlet wrote a very disquieting piece on the Colorado Springs Christers in Harpers (posted on the web without the artworks from the print version--what a shame). He painted a creepy picture of Haggard, his megachurch, and their relationship with the Air Force Academy.

The homophobia is in full flower, along with those homoerotic pulsations that seem to follow rightwing Christers wherever they go. It's a very good read.

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm. Is there a connect-the-dots explanation now of male prostitute and erstwhile journalist, Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert's constant and friendly access to the White House? I gotta believe someone high up there is gay!

9:32 AM  

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