Daily Archives: January 24, 2009

ted

Ted, looks like you’re headed for the woodshed once again:

“DENVER – Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard – a revelation that comes as Haggard tries to repair his public image.
Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor of the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, told the Associated Press that the man came forward to church officials in late 2006 shortly after a Denver male prostitute claimed to have had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard.
Boyd said an “overwhelming pool of evidence” pointed to an “inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship” that “went on for a long period of time … it wasn’t a one-time act.” Boyd said the man was in his early 20s at the time. He said he was certain the man was of legal age when it began.”

Yeah sure, Ted.

“Reached Friday night, Haggard declined to comment and said all interviews would have to be arranged through a publicist for HBO, which is airing a documentary about him this month.
Boyd said the church reached a legal settlement to pay the man for counseling and college tuition, with one condition being that none of the parties involved discuss the matter publicly.
Boyd said a Colorado Springs TV station reached him Thursday to say the young man was planning to provide a detailed report of his relationship with Haggard to the station. Boyd said the church preferred to keep the matter private, but it was the man’s decision to go public.
The disclosure comes as Haggard, 52, is about to give a series of high-profile interviews to promote the cable documentary about his time in exile. He is scheduled to appear on CNN’s Larry King Live on Thursday, the date of the documentary’s premiere, and already has taped The Oprah Winfrey Show.
In early 2007, New Life Church disclosed that an investigation uncovered new evidence that Haggard engaged in “sordid conversation” and “improper relationships” – but didn’t go into detail. Earlier, a church board member had said there was no evidence that Haggard had sexual relations with anyone but Mike Jones, the former male prostitute.
Haggard confessed to undisclosed “sexual immorality” after Jones’ allegations and resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and from New Life Church, where he faced being fired.”

How well we remember wat Ted said about the urge to merge with a splurge.

Not to mention his claims about straight Evangelical nookie.

Oddly the camera-ready Ted proved camera-shy when it came to fessing up whihc was done through a “spokesman”

But back to the scandal du jour:

“It wasn’t at all a settlement to make him be quiet or not tell his story,” Boyd said. “Our desire was to help him. Here was a young man who wanted to get on with his life. We considered it more compassionate assistance – certainly not hush money. I know what’s what everyone will want to say because that’s the most salacious thing to say, but that’s not at all what it was.”

Oh I’m sure it was a whole lot more. And providing the proper meat puppet wants the “get” I’m sure we’ll be hearing from the young man himself shortly.

He said that “secondarily, it’s not great for our church either” that the story be told. Boyd said Haggard knew about the settlement two years ago.
In a letter e-mailed Friday to New Life Church members, Boyd said of the settlement and agreement not to talk: “This decision was made not as an attempt to conceal wrongdoings, but to protect him from those who would seek to exploit him. His actions now suggest that he has changed his mind.”

Actually his actions suggest he wants an HBO documentary of his own.

The letter said the church “received reports of a number of incidents of inappropriate behavior” after Haggard’s fall. “In each case, we have tried our very best to do the right thing each time, including disciplinary action when appropriate.”

Assume the position, Ted!

Boyd said the “inappropriate behavior” referred to the man who was the volunteer involved with Haggard. After Haggard’s fall, another church staff member resigned after admitting to what was described as “sexual misconduct.”

ie. Gettin’ your rocks off with some smokin’ hot boypussy.

Boyd said the church will not take action against the man if he tells his story in the press.
“We have legal standing to do that, but not the desire to,” he said.

And it’s all about desire, isn’t it Boyd.

Boyd said he had spoken to the man once and came away with the impression that he was speaking out because of the documentary. “I think what caused this young man to be a bit aggravated was Ted being seen as a victim, when he himself had experienced a great deal of hurt,” Boyd said. “I seriously doubt this man would have come forward if the documentary had not been made.”

Very Roman Polanski.

In an AP interview this month before an appearance in front of TV critics in California, Haggard described his sexuality as complex and something that can’t be put into “stereotypical boxes.”

Not even one marked “Self-loathing gay hypocrite”?

Consider this bit on Ted’s website:

“Ted Haggard and his wife, Gayle, have two businesses in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Their primary business is a life insurance and mortgage protection business, where their daughter, Christy, also works as an agent. Their company has 42 life insurance agents with a growing volume of business even in the midst of recession. Ted and Gayle also promote an affordable software program that assists people in quickly eliminating their debt and mortgage without having to change their lifestyles. Ted is also working together with a team of businessmen to form MMGI Hope, Inc, a new non-profit benevolent organization designed to serve the poor and needy. Ted will serve as president and CEO of MMGI Hope.”

Nothing about God anymore,Ted?

“Ted Haggard is best known as the founding pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 22 years he grew the church from 20 people meeting in the basement of his home to 14,000 people meeting in a $50 million campus. He also served as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the largest evangelical group in America, which grew from 22.5 million members to 30 million members under his leadership from 2003-2006.”

Yep. That gig is OVAH!

More or less.

“In 2006, Time Magazine included Ted Haggard in their list of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America. His influence was noted by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. The Wall Street Journal called him one “of the nation’s most politically influential” clergy, and Harper’s Magazine stated that, “No pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism than does Pastor Ted.” He frequently appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC, NPR, and PBS and he was interviewed by both Tom Brokaw and Barbara Walters. In addition, he was involved in weekly conference calls with the Bush White House, and met with governmental leaders including President George Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Israeli Prime Minister Sharon.”

Ah yes, the Good Old Days. Tony even sent one of his sons over to be mentored by Ted.
Can we expect to hear from him too? I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

He is also the author of nine books and served as editorial advisor to Ministries Today Magazine, in which he wrote a regular column titled “Simply Put.”

Put? Where?

“In the fall of 2006, Ted Haggard suffered a personal and family crisis causing him to step away from his positions as senior pastor of New Life Church and the presidency of the NAE.”

IOW the hustler he’d been fucking with while snorting crystal spilled the beans!

“Two years later, Ted Haggard has emerged a stronger, wiser man with his family intact.”

Surely you recall that one:

“The Rev. Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is “completely heterosexual” and told an oversight board that his sexual contact with men was limited to his accuser.
That is according to one of the disgraced pastor’s overseers, who on Monday revealed new details about where Haggard has been and where he is headed.
The Rev. Tim Ralph of Larkspur also said the four-man oversight board strongly urged Haggard to go into secular work instead of Christian ministry if Haggard and his wife follow through on plans to earn master’s degrees in psychology.
Haggard broke a three-month silence in e-mails over the weekend to select members of his former church. New Life Church interim senior pastor Ross Parsley forwarded Haggard’s message to the wider church body Monday.
In the message, Haggard revealed that he and his wife, Gayle, intend to leave Colorado Springs and pursue master’s degrees through online courses.
Haggard mentioned Missouri and Iowa as possible destinations. Another oversight board member, the Rev. Mike Ware of Westminster, said the group recommended the move out of town, and the Haggards agreed.
“This is a good place for Ted,” Ware said. “It’s hard to heal in Colorado Springs right now. It’s like an open wound. He needs to get somewhere he can get the wound healed.”
Haggard, 50, resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from the church he built from nothing into a 14,000-member congregation after a former male prostitute in Denver alleged a three-year cash-for-sex relationship
Haggard admitted to “sexual immorality” and a long battle against feelings contrary to his beliefs. He admitted buying methamphetamine but said he never used it. Haggard did not respond to interview requests.
Among other things, the overseers urged Haggard to enter a 12-step program for sexual addiction, Ware said.
Ralph said three weeks of counseling at an undisclosed Arizona treatment center helped Haggard immensely and left Haggard sure of one thing.
“He is completely heterosexual,” Ralph said. “That is something he discovered. It was the acting- out situations where things took place. It wasn’t a constant thing.”

Except, apparently, it was!

Why Haggard chose to act out in that manner is something Haggard and his advisers are trying to discern, Ralph said.
In investigating Haggard’s assertion that his extramarital sexual contact was limited to former male escort Mike Jones, the board talked to people close to Haggard and found no evidence contradicting him, Ralph said.
“If we’re going to be proved wrong, somebody else is going to come forward, and that usually happens really quickly,” he said. “We’re into this thing over 90 days, and it hasn’t happened.”
Steering Haggard away from a return to ministry was based, in part, on Haggard’s high profile, Ralph said. He cited biblical passages about holding influential figures to a higher standard.
“Nobody is saying he can’t go back into ministry,” Ralph said. “Somewhere down the road, that could very well happen, and that would be wonderful.”

Haggard is being asked to join a church wherever the couple moves and continue the Christian counseling he receives twice a week, Ralph said.
The oversight board that includes Ralph is focusing on New Life Church’s future but continues to counsel Haggard.
What has been termed Haggard’s “restoration” is being overseen by another panel: H.B. London, who runs a Focus on the Family ministry to pastors, and megachurch pastors Tommy Barnett and Jack Hayford.
London said he was not surprised Haggard was considering the psychological field.
“Many of us that go into the healing, helping professions do so out of some sort of dysfunction or traumatic event in our lives, and we want to do what we can to help other people avoid what we’ve gone through,” he said. “He is certainly gifted and intelligent and has an intuitive side to him. And he has life experience. Those are good credentials.”

Back to Ted’s website —

“Ted Haggard is a pragmatic and compassionate thinker who is known for thinking “outside of the box.” His emergence from crisis has proven him to be a man who has the courage not to give up and he lives to offer hope and help to others to equip them to live a better life.

He, his wife, Gayle, their five children, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter live happily together in their family home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Books by Ted Haggard include: Primary Purpose, Letters from Home, The Life Giving Church, Dog Training, Fly Fishing, and Sharing Christ in the 21st Century, The Jerusalem Diet, Foolish No More, and Pursuit of the Good Life.”

How about “No More Foolish Pursuits of Boy’s Flies” ?

Sing us out Harriet.