Senator Kennedy still stirs the soul, and lights the way for what is best about the Democratic Party. As does President Obama.
Now comes word that Ted Haggard, the disgraced minister, is going to film an episode of ABC ‘s Celebrity Wife Swap.
I am assuming that there are not very many into this type of swapping so perhaps there is reason for Haggard to meet Simac and see what can be arranged.
The premise of the series, which was imported by ABC from the UK, is exactly what it sounds like: Two families swap wives for a short period of time, drama presumably ensues.
The Colorado Springs Gazette first reported that the former New Life Church pastor would be filming the episode in Colorado Springs at the GLBT Pride Center.
Mr. Haggard plays up his new regular-guy image. At the picnic, he asked a friend whether anyone noticed he had said “hell” in the sermon—and not in a Biblical context.
“I cuss now,” he said proudly.
Mr. Haggard said he believes people trust him more as a pastor since his spectacularly public fall. Strangers, he said, keep pulling him aside, asking advice about their personal struggles.
“It’s amazing. People tell me everything,” Mr. Haggard said. “That never happened when we were respectable.”
Trying to spin away the obvious often makes one look like a fool. With that I present the latest news on Ted Haggard, the minister who had sex with men but claims not to be gay. Up next, you may not have hair but that does not make you bald.
Disgraced Colorado evangelical minister Ted Haggard told hundreds of people at a church in Irving, Texas, he is sorry for a 2006 scandal.
The Dallas Morning News said while Haggard offered an apology Sunday at Calvary Church of Irving, the former National Association of Evangelicals president did discuss particulars regarding his alleged solicitation of a male prostitute three years ago.
“I want to apologize to all of you. … I violated you,” Haggard said Sunday. “I didn’t do everything that I’ve been accused of doing. But I’m guilty of enough.”
The founder of New Life Church in Coloraod Spring, Colo., maintains he only received a massage from the male prostitute, but has admitted to using methamphetamines.
Haggard and his wife, Gayle, have been traveling to churches nationwide in the wake of the 2006 scandal to offer apologies and explanations, the Morning News reported.
Haggard, 53, insists he is a heterosexual male who was only attracted to men because he was sexually assaulted as a second-grader.
“One of the most horrific mistakes I made was not a spiritual problem; it was a physiological problem,” Haggard said Sunday. “I needed treatment.”
This is a start.
There is no end to the story of former evangelist Ted Haggard’s double life. Married and pretending to be straight while blasting his way onto the national stage with fire and brimstone sermons. Sermons, it should be noted that included anti-gay rhetoric. One of the problems was that while Ted Haggard was saying one thing behind the podium, he was doing just the opposite off stage. The religious hypocrite is perhaps the worst thing to witness.
The latest news on the antics of Ted Haggard is yet more evidence that living a lie is not the path to take for anyone, including evangelists.
The scandal widened in recent days with disclosures that Haggard also admitted to an “inappropriate” relationship with a church volunteer, Grant Haas, who was 22 at the time.
Haas told KRDO in Colorado Springs that Haggard performed a sex act in front of him and sent him illicit text messages. He informed New Life Church shortly after the scandal broke, and the two parties reached a settlement in 2007 that included a confidentiality agreement. Haas went public as Haggard is heavily promoting an HBO documentary about his time in exile.
The whole sordid story is about to take yet another notch upwards as Ted Haggard and his wife appear on ‘Oprah’ Wednesday, January 28th, 2009. And Ms. Haggard is to announce that she knew about his feelings for men for much of their 30-year marriage.
Living a lie, I hope, is something that Oprah has strong words about, as this is a clear example of what many need to be steered away from.
This was a story that caught my attention.
Ted Haggard once ran a ultra-conservative mega-church, but was caught with a male escort. I might add that he was also the President of the National Association Of Evangelicals. WHOOPS! That can’t be right to the good ole boys. He was removed faster than a weegie board at a Baptist Camp Meeting. But then after all these months what has happened to Ted Haggard? I found out today.
Earlier this month, a guest took the pulpit at Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill., a 350-member church surrounded by cornfields. The speaker was an insurance salesman from Colorado named Ted Haggard.
The former superstar pastor, disgraced two years ago in a sex-and-drugs scandal, had returned — this time as a Christian businessman preaching a message that was equal parts contrition and defiance. Haggard linked his fall to being molested in second grade and apologized again.
His two sermons were posted, fleetingly, on Haggard’s Web site under one word: “Alive!”
While his exact plans remain unclear, Haggard is unmistakably making himself a public figure again, nine months after his former church said he walked away from an oversight process meant to restore him.
The man who confessed to being a “a deceiver and a liar” is asking for another hearing, finding encouragement from a loyal circle of supporters, skepticism from those evangelical leaders who think it’s premature and complex emotions at the Colorado Springs church he betrayed.
Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from New Life Church amid allegations that he paid a male prostitute for sex and used methamphetamine.
As part of a severance package with his former church, Haggard agreed to leave Colorado Springs for a period and not speak publicly about the scandal, church officials said at the time. But he never really disappeared, making news when he relocated his family to Arizona and solicited financial support in an e-mail.
Haggard’s plea for funds was rebuked by a three-pastor team overseeing his “restoration” — a healing process that doesn’t necessarily mean a public return. In February, New Life Church announced that Haggard had prematurely ended that relationship.
One restoration team member, H.B. London, said a return to vocational ministry in less than four or five years would be dangerous for Haggard, his family, former church and Colorado Springs.
“To sit on the sidelines for a person with that kind of personality and gifting is probably like being paralyzed,” said London, who counsels pastors through a division of Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs-based conservative Christian group. “If Mr. Haggard and others like him feel like they have a call from God, they rationalize that their behavior does not change that call.”