Skip to comments.Evangelical Leader Accused of Gay Affair Resigns
Posted on 11/02/2006 4:52:59 PM PST by jamese777
The Rev. Ted Haggard resigned as president of the influential National Association of Evangelicals on Thursday after being accused of having a sexual affair with a gay man.
Haggard also stepped down as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation by a church panel, 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. In the interim, I will seek both spiritual advice and guidance."
Haggard, a married father of five, denied the allegations in an interview with KUSA-TV late Wednesday: "Never had a gay relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my wife, I'm faithful to my wife."
Mike Jones, 49, of Denver told the AP that Haggard paid him to have sex nearly every month over three years. His allegations were first aired on KHOW-AM radio in Denver.
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If we're all supposed to celebrate diversity and all that, why does he feel compelled to resign?
Why did Mc Greevey resign, if he's proud to be a gay American?
Why did Mark Foley feel compelled to let the world know that he is gay after resigning because of his bad behavior?
If being gay and in an alternative lifestyle is cause for celebration, then why is it a factor in a case like this?
Because Ted Haggard is a "VERY" influential conservative Christian. Egad. Not good.
Does being accused make him guilty? I'm not so sure of that.
but did he lie about it under oath?
Are you serious or being sarcastic? This man is supposed to be a Christian and a pastor. This is not a lifestyle that is compatible with scriptures and Ted is a very influential Christian who no doubt preaches and teaches that homosexuality is sin.
timing of this questionable.
This is an excerpt from The Wall Street Journal. Complete article available at http://www.wsj.com.
By Elizabeth Bernstein
Wall Street Journal, Weekend Journal
13 August 2004
The Rev. Ted Haggard, President of the National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor of New Life Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. Mr. Haggard founded New Life with 20 members in 1985, after having a vision of the church while fasting for three days atop Pikes Peak. Today, the church has 11,000 members, and is building one of the largest church sanctuaries in the state. Mr. Haggard, president of the 30 million-member National Evangelical Association, speaks nationally against abortion and in favor of the war in Iraq, as well as other topics.
The weekly conference call with the White House lets Mr. Haggard, 48, give the administration "the pulse of the evangelical world," he says. One recent Monday, he says, the discussion centered on Sen. Kerry's post-convention polling (participants were delighted there was no large "bump"). "It's useful to communicate," he says.
Mr. Haggard is also trying to boost evangelical voter participation. On Sept. 19, he will co-host a two-hour broadcast encouraging viewers to make it to the polls and to call their congressional representatives in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would ban same-sex marriages. The show will be carried on three Christian television networks and as many as 1,500 Christian radio stations.
Meanwhile, Mr. Haggard makes no secret of his support of President Bush. Of the three framed pictures hanging outside his office, two are of himself and the president. (The other is of himself and Mel Gibson, who pre-screened "The Passion of Christ" at a conference organized by Mr. Haggard.)
Does being accused make him guilty? I'm not so sure of that.
No, evidence would clear him or confirm his guilt.
All we know thus far is someone is lying and that the Homosexual Addict Democrats have been looking for scalps amongst the Republican flock.
>And it's National Evangelical Association. But you knew that.
If one doesn't want to include evangelical Catholics or pentecostal/charismatics in the tent of "evangelicals," one begins to wonder what's left. Oh, I know, "the faithful remnant."
Finally, I have no idea how the "fight" between conservatism and liberalism in New Life Church and/or the NAE would have any result in an accusation of a homosexual affair. Perhaps you have inside information.
Who cares if the timing is questionable. If the guy is gay and a pastor and "fighting against gay marriage" he is sending the world he message that "Christians are hypocrits". Timing is never good for people being two-faced and having secret lives.
I can't help but wondering if there's some sort of penis brigade that Rush Limbaugh talked about to sully Republicans before the election. Also, what congressional office is this fellow running for? /sarc
Prayers for his congregation as they sort this out.
The church will always be under attack by the enemy and this is one area the church is vulnerable.
Sounds like you are convinced it is a true story, I'm not. Agree with you if it turns out to be factual, but this close to the election, I smell a RAT.
Yes, there is a vast homosexual addict conspiracy and yes they want to affect the elections. Did you really think we were not at war with them ?
I don't believe the prostitute; I think Haggard is being lied about.
Somewhere, I detect the filthy fingers of Mike Rogers...
I think that none of us knows, one way or the other. It's probably the best thing to just say he has been accused and wait before declaring anything.
There have been some cases like this one, where the person ended up having done what he was accused of. It's just possible that it's all true, and I'm going to wait and see on this one.
It's obviously politically timed, either way, of course, but it's best to just see what happens.
I wonder if he shared this guy with Paul Crouch.
Resigning takes me a step closer to believing it.
Again, you are making the assumption that the accusations are true.
Making that assumption is what the liberals and the LameStreamMedia always hope for, because in their agenda, as Rush says so often, its the severity of the charge, not the accuracy of the evidence that matters.
It should not be a stretch to suspect the possibility (possible, not sure) that the accuser may (I said "may") be part of the libs agenda to supress the votes of the "values-voters", because the Foley story is losing steam and now Kerry's hoof-and-mouth disease is acting up again.
Wow - I'll give him the benefit of doubt, and if there is some truth behind it, and he seeks help, I'll forgive him too.
But not 5 days before an election.
Sounds like it could be a setup. How can he prove his innocense if he is? It's his word against another unless the gay guy has film.
Well this would be very easy to have the queer specify dates and then see if Haggard had alibis for those dates.
Isn't this faggot one of the so-called "evangelicals" to embrace Global Warming? If so, I hope he rots.
I hope this commie faggot fraud rots in hell.
The funny thing is that Haggard was both a fag and a leftie tree hugger...why is the left eating one of their own, their own little mole within the "Christian Right"? Dumb move.
I can just feel the Christian love radiating from the goodness of your heart.
Probably just to protect the church from being drug through the mud with him.
If this is true, then, Denny Hastert must resign.
Not necessarily. He may well have just wanted to spare the church being dragged through the mud with him.
I sure pray that is the case, I really do.
I can understand why he'd step down for the investigation to have the appearance of propiety. Just because a man is accused does not mean he is guilty.
"I can understand why he'd step down for the investigation to have the appearance of propiety. Just because a man is accused does not mean he is guilty."
I disagree. Resigning is a cut and run strategy. It makes a person appear guilty even if they are innocent. The manly (or womanly) thing to do is stand and fight.
"I hope this commie faggot fraud rots in hell."
It warms my heart that the Lord is not with you in wishing ANYONE goes to hell.
"Faggot"? So quick to judge.
"I disagree. Resigning is a cut and run strategy. It makes a person appear guilty even if they are innocent. The manly (or womanly) thing to do is stand and fight."
But if he stayed on, how could the investigation be seen as fair?
You need to be careful how you talk on FR. That kind of reactionary nastiness isn't taken well by Freepers in good standing.
I already despise this phony for his endorsement of "global warming". He has used his position amongst "evangelical leaders" to espouse radical crypto-Socialist environmentalist views.
I too disagree with his position on global warming. That's no reason to so quickly judge him as a "faggot." If it turns out that he was involved in a gay relationship, I too will join the chorus against his hypocricy. But for now it's just an allegation. There's no evidence against him at this point....
Probably because he's not "one of their own," his position on global warming notwithstanding. As for environmentalism, it is self-evident that God wants us to be good stewards of his creation. The fact that the enviro-whackos take this too far does not negate the fact that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of nature.
Haggard resigned from the NAE and took a leave of absence from his congregation. It would be unnecessarily hard on his congregation for him to be in the pulpit every week and have them wondering every week what the real story was. If he does not fight the charge while on a leave of absence, I think you have an argument. As it currently stands, I think it was a easily defensible response on the Rev. Haggard's part.
You quote that like it's a damning quote. Sounds pretty reasonable to me.
Then I guess Rev. Haggard is "lying" again.
From a Washington Post article --
"Allow me to confirm at the outset that the NAE is not circulating any official document on the environment. We are not considering a position on global warming. We are not advocating for specific legislation or government mandates," Haggard said. His statement added that the NAE's executive committee recently passed a motion "recognizing the ongoing debate" on global warming and "the lack of consensus among the evangelical community on this issue."
1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.