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Postby Roger Stanyard » Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:53 am

I guess that most of the epople in this forum have since Richard Dawkins rather frightening coverage of Pastor Ted Haggard in "the Root of All Evil?"

You may therefore being interested in the latest news on Haggard!:

Nov. 2, 2006, 8:06PM
Key Evangelical quits amid gay sex claim

By CATHERINE TSAI Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the 30
million-member National Association of Evangelicals, a
vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday
after being accused of paying for sex with a man in
monthly trysts over the past three years.

The Rev. Ted Haggard, a married father of five who has
been called one of the most influential evangelical
Christians in the nation, denied the allegations. His
accuser refused to share voice mails that he said
backed up his claim.

Haggard also stepped aside as head of his
14,000-member New Life Church while a church panel
investigates, saying he could "not continue to
minister under the cloud created by the accusations."

"I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so
that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed
with integrity," Haggard said in a written statement.
"I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more
detail at a later date."

He also told KUSA-TV late Wednesday: "Never had a gay
relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my
wife, I'm faithful to my wife."

The allegations come as voters in Colorado and seven
other states get ready to decide Tuesday on amendments
banning gay marriage. Besides the proposed ban on the
Colorado ballot, a separate measure would establish
the legality of domestic partnerships providing
same-sex couples with many of the rights of married
couples.

Mike Jones, 49, of Denver told The Associated Press he
decided to go public with his allegations because of
the political fight. Jones, who said he is gay, said
he was upset when he discovered Haggard and the New
Life Church had publicly opposed same-sex marriage.

"It made me angry that here's someone preaching about
gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay
sex," said Jones, who added that he isn't working for
any political group.

Jones, whose allegations were first aired on KHOW-AM
radio in Denver, claimed Haggard paid him to have sex
nearly every month over three years. Jones also said
Haggard snorted methamphetamine before their sexual
encounters to heighten his experience.

Haggard and his attorney, Martin Nussbaum, did not
return calls Thursday night from the AP.

Jones said that he had advertised himself as an escort
on the Internet and that a man who called himself Art
contacted him. Jones said he later saw the man on
television identified as Haggard.

He said that he last had sex with Haggard in August
and that he did not warn him before making his
allegations this week.

Jones said he has voice mail messages from Haggard, as
well as an envelope he said Haggard used to mail him
cash, though he declined to make any of it available
to the AP.

"There's some stuff on there (the voice mails) that's
pretty damning," he said.

Haggard, who is about 50, was appointed president of
the evangelicals association in March 2003. He has
participated in conservative Christian leaders'
conference calls with White House staffers and lobbied
members of Congress last year on U.S. Supreme Court
appointees after Sandra Day O'Connor announced her
retirement.

After Massachusetts legalized gay marriage in 2004,
Haggard and others began organizing state-by-state
opposition. Last year, Haggard and officials from the
nearby Christian ministry Focus on the Family
announced plans to push Colorado's gay marriage ban
for the 2006 ballot.

At the time, Haggard said that he believed marriage is
a union between a man and woman rooted in centuries of
tradition, and that research shows it's the best
family unit for children.

"Homosexual activity, like adulterous relationships,
is clearly condemned in the Scriptures," the
evangelicals association says on its Web site. The
Bible says homosexuality is a sin that "brings grave
consequences in this life and excludes one from the
Kingdom of God."

Haggard's resignation from the NAE seems unlikely to
do lasting damage to the organization, an umbrella
group for a diverse and independent-minded membership.
At his own church, Haggard's decision to step aside _
if it became permanent _ would have a more profound
effect.

"One would hope and pray that this matter would be
resolved expeditiously and quickly and he can be
restored back to being the pastor of the church and
the leader of the NAE," said Michael Cromartie, vice
president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a
conservative Washington think tank.

New Life Church member Brooks DeMio, 44, said he
thinks Jones is a liar and can't believe Haggard would
engage in sex with a man.

"He loves the Lord, homosexuality is a sin and that's
not Ted," DeMio said. "His desire is to serve other
people and uphold the word of God. ... I don't know
him well enough to give a complete character
description, but I know him enough to know it's not
true."

Carolyn Haggard, spokeswoman for the New Life Church
and the pastor's niece, said a four-member church
panel will investigate the allegations. The board has
the authority to discipline Haggard, including
removing him from ministry work.

"This is really routine when any sort of situation
like this arises, so we're prepared," Carolyn Haggard
said. "The church is going to continue to serve and be
welcoming to our community. That's a priority."
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Re: Ted Haggard

Postby Roger Stanyard » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:39 pm

Roger Stanyard wrote:I guess that most of the people in this forum have since Richard Dawkins rather frightening coverage of Pastor Ted Haggard in "the Root of All Evil?"

You may therefore being interested in the latest news on Haggard!:

Nov. 2, 2006, 8:06PM
Key Evangelical quits amid gay sex claim

By CATHERINE TSAI Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press
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Email


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The leader of the 30
million-member National Association of Evangelicals, a
vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday
after being accused of paying for sex with a man in
monthly trysts over the past three years.



Well, he's now admitted it - see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6119226.stm

I asked arouund a bit on Debunkcreation and the view appears to be that it won't much much of a difference in the long run despite Haggard's high profile.

The fundamentalists tend to be fairly foregiving of their own - much less so though with others.
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