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  • Disgraced Ex-Preacher Says There’s a Major Culture Problem in Evangelical Christianity

    01/15/2014 5:30:34 PM PST · by Gamecock · 120 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 16, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ted Haggard, a preacher who stepped down in 2006 from his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., following a sex and drug scandal, recently spoke out about Isaac Hunter’s suicide, an event that took the evangelical world by storm last week. Focusing specifically on the scandals and charges of wrongdoing that have surrounded many famed preachers — himself included — Haggard said that evangelical Christians sometimes fail to properly apply the gospel when dealing with faith leaders who fall from grace. Hunter, the former pastor of Summit...
  • Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard supports same-sex 'marriage'

    10/23/2012 4:57:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LSN ^ | 10.23.2012 | Ben Johnson
    COLORADO SPRINGS, October 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ted Haggard, the megachurch leader whose dalliances with a male prostitute toppled him from his church in 2006, has now endorsed same-sex “marriage.” “I don’t think the state has any role dictating or mandating” morality, he said. “Though we would oppose that in our churches, [same-sex weddings] should be allowed by the state.” Haggard, who founded the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, served as president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) until he admitted that he paid male prostitute Mike Jones for sex, used crystal meth, and viewed pornography featuring...
  • Ted Haggard to Swap Wives With Gary Busey?

    09/23/2011 4:22:48 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 39 replies · 1+ views
    AolTV ^ | September 21, 2011 | Chris Harnick,
    ABC's 'Celebrity Wife Swap' has reportedly lined up two participants: Gary Busey and former New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard. Yep, you read those names right. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Haggard and Busey will swap partners ... without the sex of course. The Gazette reports the show will shoot at the GLBT Pride Center in Colorado Springs on Thurs., Sept. 22. Each episode of 'Celebrity Wife Swap' follows two couples as they switch wives for two weeks. For the first week the new wives must live by the manual left by host family. The second week, the new...
  • The Treachery of the Perverse...proverbs 1

    The Treachery of the Perverse- by billrandles Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23) As the Proverbs tells us ,Wisdom is crying out in the public concourse. However it is only accessible to those who...
  • Fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard to start new church (all welcome)

    06/02/2010 1:43:52 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 36 replies · 759+ views
    CNN ^ | 6-2-2010 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Ted Haggard, the megachurch pastor and former National Association of Evangelicals chief whose career was undone by a gay prostitution and drugs scandal in 2006, plans to start a new church. Standing in front of his barn, Haggard and his family announced Wednesday that they are starting a church in Colorado Springs, Colorado called Saint James. The church will not be affiliated with any denomination. It will have its first gathering Sunday at the Haggard home.
  • Haggards incorporate new church

    05/15/2010 5:40:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 366+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 5/12/2010 | Electa Draper
    Ted and Gayle Haggard recently incorporated St. James Church, sited at their home on Old Ranch Road in Colorado Springs, where the couple held two overflowing prayer meetings in November. The Haggards did not return The Post's calls, but Ted Haggard, the deposed founder of the New Life megachurch, told the Gazette newspaper on Tuesday that the incorporation of a new church on April 29 was done for accounting purposes — tracking reimbursement of travel costs as they speak at churches and other venues around the country.
  • Larry King Goes on Pro-Gay Attack: Asks Pastor Why He Didn’t Like Boys Romantically

    04/24/2010 7:47:42 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 14 replies · 1,277+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | April 24, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    Whatever your view on homosexuality might be as it pertains to Christianity, there's probably one place one wouldn't go to seek clarity on the issue - a Jewish TV host that's in his seventh marriage. However, CNN, the so-called most trusted name in news, had "Larry King Live" host Larry King tackle this issue on his April 23 program in a special broadcast entitled "Can You Be Christian and Gay?" King's special featured recently-out Christian singer Jennifer Knapp, embattled former evangelical preacher Ted Haggard and Horizon Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Bob Bostford. But it was Bostford, who had previously been...
  • *VIDEO* Ted Haggard's Wife on Huckabee

    01/31/2010 8:40:18 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies · 735+ views
    Mike Huckabee talks to Gayle Haggard, the wife of Pastor Ted Haggard, about her reasons for staying in her marriage after her husbands marital infidelity became public. (there are 2 parts)
  • Country legend Merle Haggard speaks his mind on gov't, UFOs

    09/24/2009 6:12:32 PM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 50 replies · 1,893+ views
    Red Dirt Report ^ | September 24, 2009 | Andrew W. Griffin
    By Andrew W. Griffin Red Dirt Report, editor Posted: September 24, 2009 reddirtreporter@gmail.com OKLAHOMA CITY – Despite the fact that the October 1, 2009 issue of Rolling Stone features a cover story on no-talent “actress” Megan Fox, America’s premier corporate-rock magazine Rolling Stone, features a terrific – and very long – story titled “The Fighter: The Life and Times of Merle Haggard.” It’s written by Jason Fine and it’s an epic profile on a true American original and one of the best artists in country music. And while we get the Hag’s history from top to bottom, we also get...
  • Merle Haggard Slams Young Country Stars

    02/13/2009 11:45:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 106 replies · 2,446+ views
    Thaindian News ^ | February 6th, 2009
    Country music legend Merle Haggard, who is recovering from cancer surgery, has condemned young country stars, insisting they are having hits with all the wrong tunes. The 71-year-old says he hates the songs of country music’’s current crop of leading ladies, with Carrie Underwood topping the list. “Carrie Underwear, or Underwood. I mean, I like her, but where’’s the songs. You have to get past the belly buttons and the videos, Contactmusic quoted Haggard as telling America’’s Globe. He also said country music today is so perfect. Maybe too perfect. “There are no surprises,” he said. “Everything is going to...
  • ABC Gives Disgraced Pastor Platform to Bash Religious Right

    02/02/2009 1:10:27 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 29 replies · 1,551+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | February 2, 2009 - 15:15 | Erin Brown
    ABC has apparently never heard that phrase, "There are two sides to every story." On Feb. 1, "World News Sunday" helped shamed former-pastor Ted Haggard take shots at the Christian conservatives who he says "shunned him." Reporter Dan Harris introduced the piece by qualifying Haggard as a former "insider, a powerful pastor at the highest levels of the Christian conservative movement." Haggard, who made headlines two years ago for getting caught in a gay sex scandal, is now offering advice to the Christian conservative movement; and ABC gave him the megaphone. Here is a portion of Harris' interview with Haggard:
  • How Does a Pastor Survive a Sex Scandal?

    01/29/2009 12:36:26 PM PST · by AJKauf · 23 replies · 975+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 29 | Christian Toto
    The Trials of Ted Haggard isn’t the hit piece one might suspect of a project directed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. Then again, it’s hard to determine just what Trials truly is. The exasperating documentary, airing tonight on HBO, tracks the disgraced pastor’s life following news he had had a sexual relation with a male prostitute. The documentary’s timing is fortuitous for anyone eager to swat Haggard for his actions. News broke this week of another sex scandal involving the once-mighty pastor....
  • Evangelist Ted Haggard, His Wife and the Gay Sex Scandal on Oprah

    01/28/2009 12:52:09 PM PST · by Dr. Scarpetta · 55 replies · 2,377+ views
    Oprah.com ^ | 01/28/2009
    Former evangelical leader Ted Haggard on the life he hid from his wife, his children and 30 million devoted followers. The gay sex and drug scandal that took him down. In his first television interview since the scandal, Ted talks with Oprah about why he kept secret a part of his life he calls dark and repulsive. "It was the first time that dark area of my life I'd worked so hard to fight against was coming to the surface," he says. "And to say it, and to talk about it, was so shameful and shocking. Even to me." In...
  • New sex allegations against Haggard

    01/24/2009 7:10:42 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies · 589+ views
    Denver Post ^ | January 24, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    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...
  • Disgraced Pastor Faces MORE Gay Sex Accusations

    01/23/2009 8:27:52 PM PST · by Roma Unleashed · 34 replies · 1,024+ views
    By ERIC GORSKI, AP Religion Writer ^ | 01/23/2009 | Roma Unleashed
    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.
  • Haggard Says His Sexual Identity Is Complex

    01/10/2009 12:08:19 PM PST · by Abathar · 61 replies · 1,577+ views
    theindychannel.com ^ | January 10, 2009 | Staff
    Former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said his sexual identity is complex and can't be put into "stereotypical boxes." But he said his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever. A new HBO documentary follows Haggard after a gay sex scandal forced him to resign as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals. He was also fired from the 14,000-member New Life Church. Haggard said he still believes it's "God's perfect plan" for marriage to be between a man and woman, but he said "sexuality is confusing and complex."
  • Pastor in gay scandal: I'm back from 'wilderness' (claims was molested as a child)

    01/09/2009 7:39:23 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 9 replies · 739+ views
    http://www.google.com ^ | 1-9-2009 | By ERIC GORSKI
    During a guest sermon last November at a friend's church in Illinois, Haggard said a co-worker of his father molested him when he was 7, an experience that "started to produce fruit" later. Clarifying that Friday, Haggard said: "I'm certainly not saying that because of that, I did this. I did what I did by my choice, and I'm responsible for it." Haggard said he isn't qualified to judge what factors into one's sexuality, but still believes it's "God's perfect plan" for marriage to be between a man and woman. "I think sexuality is confusing and complex," Haggard said. "I...
  • Ted Haggard Speaks on Scandal for First Time

    11/13/2008 6:45:48 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 17 replies · 978+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Nov. 12 2008 | Michelle A. Vu
    Ex-evangelical leader Ted Haggard, who fell from grace after the exposure of his sex and drug scandal two years ago, recently opened up about the dark secret from his past that likely led to his downfall as an adult. He spoke at Open Bible Fellowship Church, a small congregation in Morrison, Ill., on Nov. 2 – the second anniversary of his resignation as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals. The church’s pastor, Chris Byrd, is a long-time friend of Haggard of over 30 years. “The first thing I want you to know is I sinned,” Haggard told...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Merle Haggard recovering after lung surgery at Memorial Hospital

    11/08/2008 12:44:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 398+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | Tuesday, Nov 4 2008 | SHELLIE BRANCO
    At the insistence of his family and personal physician, Merle Haggard had a cancerous growth removed from his lung Monday at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Friends and associates of the country music icon said the surgery was a success and he is in stable condition. The 71-year-old country star and Oildale native had a malignant tumor, apparently the same growth that was discovered in May, according to sources who wished to remain anonymous. Haggard told The Californian while on tour in August that he didn’t plan to treat the growth, which was discovered May 5. He said he doesn’t trust hospitals...
  • Former Pastor Ted Haggard Sexaholic, says Friend (admits to sex and drugs)

    06/26/2008 1:38:48 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 278 replies · 170+ views
    KRDO ^ | 6/26/08 | Tak Landrock
    In an e-mail obtained by NEWSCHANNEL 13, former New Life Church Pastor Ted Haggard admits to sexual contact with a gay escort and using drugs. This is the first public revelation of what Haggard claims is the full story of what happened between him and his accuser, Mike Jones. Haggard sent the e-mail to close family friend Kurt Serpe back in October. In it, he writes: "I was referred to Mike Jones from the concierge at a Marriott hotel when I asked for a masseur." The e-mail then becomes more detailed and sexual in nature.
  • Ted Haggard's back - silently for the moment

    06/23/2008 11:51:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies · 64+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 23, 2008 | Mark Wolf
    Ted Haggard is back in Colorado Springs. It sits behind a gated entrance on 5.1 acres two miles from the 14,000-member megachurch Haggard originally founded in his basement. He was asked to leave in late 2006 after admitting to unspecified "sexual immorality." The confession came after he first denied knowing a former male prostitute from Denver who claimed Haggard paid him for sex nearly every month for three years. He was named one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the nation by Time magazine in 2005. After his ouster, Haggard was given a severance package that paid his salary...
  • Church Says Haggard's Restoration 'Incomplete'

    02/06/2008 4:03:26 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 12 replies · 887+ views
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- More than a year after former pastor Ted Haggard resigned from his position at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Haggard has severed his official relationship with the New Life Church Restoration Team. The megachurch said Tuesday Haggard has prematurely ended a "spiritual restoration" process begun when he was fired for sexual misconduct. Haggard was the church's senior founding pastor. In November 2006, he was fired from New Life Church and resigned as head of the National Association of Evangelicals amid allegations he had an affair with a male prostitute. The man also said he...
  • Officials Detail Contents Of Hsu's Seized Mementos

    10/11/2007 11:51:52 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 26 replies · 881+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12 October 2007 | IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN
    Among the items in Norman Hsu's personal collection of Clinton memorabilia: CDs of presentations made by Hillary Clinton as well as an envelope of thank-you notes from the Democratic presidential front-runner... One envelope was devoted to letters from New York Sen. Clinton, thanking Mr. Hsu, who was one of her biggest fund-raisers. The Clinton campaign has said it would return to donors the money Mr. Hsu helped raise. Mr. Hsu had several CDs and a video of Mrs. Clinton giving presentations in New York. Another CD was entitled "Merle Haggard Hillary." Mr. Haggard wrote a song for Sen. Clinton earlier...
  • Haggard Told To Get A Job

    08/30/2007 12:19:19 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 33 replies · 600+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 8/30/2007 | Tillie Fong
    Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard won't be fundraising for a Monument nonprofit run by a sex offender, won't be ministering to anyone and needs to get a job, his overseers said in a statement released Wednesday. "Mr. Haggard's solicitation for personal support was inappropriate," his church supervisors said. The statement came one day after the four-member team of ministers responsible for overseeing the spiritual restoration of Haggard met with him in Phoenix.
  • New evangelist leader plans to avoid politics (Haggard replacement)

    08/09/2007 1:24:29 PM PDT · by mngran · 5 replies · 464+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug. 6, 2007 | Reuters
    DALLAS -- Nine months after influential US evangelist Ted Haggard was disgraced in a gay sex scandal, the man poised to take his place in the pulpit says he plans to steer clear of overt politics and focus on the Bible instead. "I believe Christians need to be good citizens. . . . But I will not take near the active political role that Ted did," Brady Boyd, recommended by a search committee to be the new senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, said in an interview. Haggard, a vocal critic of gay marriage, was forced from...
  • A Week After Ann Coulter Episode, 'Law & Order' to Air Haggard-Inspired Plot

    02/09/2007 4:59:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 37 replies · 1,396+ views
    http://newsbusters.org/ ^ | February 9, 2007 | Brent Baker
    A Week After Ann Coulter Episode, 'Law & Order' to Air Haggard-Inspired Plot Posted by Brent Baker on February 9, 2007 - 16:27. A week after NBC's Law & Order aired an episode revolving around an Ann Coulter-like character (NewsBusters item with video) whose anti-embryonic stem cell research position so angered a student suffering from Parkinson's disease that he tried to kill her (but his gunshot kills an innocent student), tonight's (Friday) episode is inspired by the Ted Haggard case -- though with the added twist of murder. From TV Guide.com: “A popular reverend is suspected of a gay actor's...
  • Ted Haggard says he’s leaving the Springs

    02/07/2007 6:01:46 AM PST · by XR7 · 31 replies · 1,449+ views
    The Gazette ^ | 2/7/07 | JENNIFER WILSON and PAUL ASAY
    Ted Haggard, founder and former senior pastor of New Life Church, plans to leave Colorado Springs and move to Iowa or Missouri to return to college, according to a message he e-mailed Sunday to some church members. Haggard’s family has been “offered two places” in the Midwestern states, Haggard wrote. He and his wife, Gayle, will go back to school together, but Haggard didn’t specify what college or university they would attend. “We are both planning on getting our masters in Psychology so we can work together serving others the rest of our lives,” Haggard wrote. The nationally known minister...
  • Haggard's Accuser Visits Megachurch

    01/29/2007 11:17:06 AM PST · by SubGeniusX · 27 replies · 1,090+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/29/07 | AP
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The former male prostitute whose accusations against New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to Haggard's dismissal as pastor has paid a visit to the megachurch. Mike Jones, who has a forthcoming book, told The Denver Post that several people shook his hand during the visit Sunday and told him, "God bless you." "I had read a lot about the church, but there's nothing like seeing it for yourself," Jones told the paper. "It wasn't to rub anyone's face in it by any means. I was wanting to get some perspective, to see where they...
  • (Ted)Haggard rules out PETA video narration

    12/20/2006 1:49:19 PM PST · by cf_river_rat · 38 replies · 780+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 12/16/2006 | Bill Husted
    Animal rights crusader PETA is looking for a new preacher. The organization had arranged for Ted Haggard, the Colorado Springs evangelical pastor disgraced by accusations of soliciting gay sex from a prostitute, to narrate a 15-minute PETA slaughterhouse video called "What Would Jesus Do?" The video was to appear on peta.org and be widely distributed to the evangelical community. It was to show graphic slaughterhouse conditions of chickens, turkeys, cattle, calves and pigs. Haggard had agreed to narrate the piece. The script, obtained by this column, has Haggard saying things like, "Of all God's creatures, chickens and turkeys are the...
  • Haggard Assistant Admits Sexual Misconduct

    12/19/2006 1:57:15 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies · 643+ views
    KCRA ^ | December 19, 2006
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A pastor who worked with young adults at New Life Church has admitted sexual misconduct and resigned just weeks after former church leader Ted Haggard stepped down over sexual immorality. Christopher Beard, who headed the "twentyfourseven" ministry that taught leadership skills to young adults, resigned Friday, said Rob Brendle, an associate pastor at the 14,000-member church. Brendle said Beard told church officials about "a series of decisions displaying poor judgment, including one incident of sexual misconduct several years ago." The church said in a statement that the misconduct was with another unmarried adult several years ago....
  • Could it happen to you?

    11/30/2006 6:26:08 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 278+ views
    Christian Examiner ^ | December 2006 | Doug Trouten
    What’s the worst thing that could happen to an evangelical leader who has been an outspoken critic of the homosexual agenda? You’d think it would be a scandal involving the services of a gay prostitute. But Ted Haggard, recently departed head of the National Association of Evangelicals, managed to top even that. In Haggard’s case, it appears that his favorite male prostitute was also his drug dealer. Many in the evangelical community are wringing their hands, wondering how such a thing could happen. It’s the wrong question. We live in a fallen world and have fallen natures, and we face...
  • Haggard’s church picks panel to look for successor

    11/22/2006 11:19:46 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 209+ views
    Gazette.com ^ | November 22, 2006
    Members of the church once led by evangelical minister Ted Haggard met Tuesday to elect the members of a committee that will help choose his successor. Members of New Life Church elected three men and three women to join the church’s three most senior staffers on the committee, including Haggard’s temporary replacement, Ross Parsley, church secretary-treasurer Brad Fallentine said in the announcement. The committee will recommend a candidate to replace Haggard as senior pastor to the church’s overseers board. If approved, the candidate will be asked to preach at the 14,000-member church for three weeks and then the whole congregation...
  • Political Tidbits 11/15/06

    11/15/2006 3:39:18 AM PST · by Fishtalk · 143+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 11/15/06 | Pat Fish
    Time for some Political Tidbits and of course we have an midterm election 2006 rant. Also, Rosie on terror, Maher "outs" major Republican, Haggard's REAL problem, Rush Limbaugh's "confession", and a winner in this year's midterms that is bound to shock.
  • Ted, it’s Time to Ride Off into the Sunset!

    11/09/2006 8:24:04 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 273+ views
    NewsReleaseWire.com ^ | November 8 2006 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    Well, another preacher has been caught, if not with his pants down, at least with his zipper down. Dr. Ted Haggard, pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs and President of the National Association of Evangelicals admitted to getting a massage from a homosexual man and purchasing meth (which is supposed to heighten sexual activity). However, he declares that he didn’t inhale, snort or swallow, or whatever one does with the very dangerous methamphetamine. Ted, a very talented preacher, first declared that no sex was involved but no one with the IQ of a stump believed that fairy...
  • MORFORD: God Hates Gay Evangelicals

    11/08/2006 7:41:35 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 236+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/8/6 | Mark Morford
    Will Pastor Ted's love of hot man sex open the narrow mind of the religious right? Let's assume it's all true. Let's assume that Ted Haggard is just deliriously, stupidly, crazyjuicy gay. I know, not much of a stretch, but let's go with it. Yes, Pastor Ted, disgraced former leader of 30 million blithely homophobic evangelical Christians, yet another of those flamboyant semi-insane Liberace-with-a-Bible megachurch preachers, a man who had weekly conference calls with George W. Bush, a man who lobbied Congress on behalf of homophobic Supreme Court nominees, . . .
  • Dobson Quits Haggard Counseling Team

    11/08/2006 10:14:31 AM PST · by mucho muchacho · 31 replies · 1,857+ views
    AOL ^ | 11/07/06 21:19 EST
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 7) - Citing a lack of time, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson withdrew Tuesday from the team overseeing counseling for the Rev. Ted Haggard, the evangelical pastor who was fired amid allegations of gay sex and drug use. "Emotionally and spiritually, I wanted to be of help - but the reality is I don't have the time to devote to such a critical responsibility," Dobson said. The other two members of the team, Pastors Jack Hayford of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, Calif., and Tommy Barnett of First Assembly of God...
  • Saving the Conservative Soul

    11/07/2006 6:45:45 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 17 replies · 370+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 11/6/'06 | David Klinghoffer
    Don’t take the wrong lesson from Ted Haggard’s fall.The meaning of evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s downfall needs to be well understood by religious conservatives, lest the tragedy be compounded. The pain that has befallen the man — now resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals — along with his family and church is the consequence of his poor decisions. What would be worse than his personal destruction, however, is if the side of the culture war that Haggard ably fought against in his public life were allowed to define his sins as a final proof that religious conservatism...
  • Google's Bias?

    11/06/2006 10:39:19 AM PST · by arkady_renko · 14 replies · 1,249+ views
    Google
    Sometimes it seems that the folks at Google News have an agenda. Nah, I'm probably just toosensitive.This is a screen capture from this morning. The linkable picture was a dead link. They must not have enjoyed the rising Republican poll numbers...Just found it an interesting choice of headline/picture combo.A_R
  • David Frum's Diary : Hypocrites ? A Moral Look at Ted Haggard's case.

    11/06/2006 10:04:14 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 82 replies · 2,738+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/03/2006 | David Frum
    Nov. 03, 2006: Hypocrites? A sensational but to-date unsubstantiated allegation has been hurled at a major American religious figure. On much of the left, the reaction is gleeful delight: See! He is no better than anybody else! In my mind, however, this story highlights a widespread moral assumption that I have never been able to understand. Consider the hypothetical case of two men. Both are inclined toward homosexuality. Both from time to time hire the services of male prostitutes. Both have occasionally succumbed to drug abuse. One of them marries, raises a family, preaches Christian principles, and tries generally to...
  • Text of Ted Haggard's Letter to New Life

    11/05/2006 1:05:02 PM PST · by sonrise57 · 58 replies · 1,387+ views
    The Gazetter ^ | November 5, 2006 | Ted Haggard
    To my New Life Church family: I am so sorry. I am sorry for the disappointment, the betrayal, and the hurt. I am sorry for the horrible example I have set for you. I have an overwhelming, all-consuming sadness in my heart for the pain that you and I and my family have experienced over the past few days. I am so sorry for the circumstances that have caused shame and embarrassment to all of you. I asked that this note be read to you this morning so I could clarify my heart's condition to you. The last four days...
  • Ousted evangelist confesses to followers

    11/05/2006 10:18:00 AM PST · by SmoothTalker · 242 replies · 4,494+ views
    "Less than 24 hours after he was fired from the pulpit of the evangelical megachurch he founded, the Rev. Ted Haggard confessed to his followers Sunday that he was guilty of sexual immorality." "The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There's a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life," he said." " Haggard, 50, had acknowledged on Friday that he paid Mike Jones of Denver for a...
  • U.S. pastor says guilty of sexual immorality [Haggard finally admits it]

    11/05/2006 10:35:54 AM PST · by VictoryGal · 185 replies · 5,899+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2006
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - Disgraced U.S. evangelist Ted Haggard, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, said on Sunday that he was guilty of "sexual immorality" and that he had long battled with a "repulsive" side of his life. "I am guilty of sexual immorality, I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark and I've been warring against it my entire adult life", Haggard said in a letter that was read to his New Life Church in Colorado Springs by a church overseer.
  • Breaking: Press release regarding Ted Haggard

    11/04/2006 2:16:36 PM PST · by loreldan · 127 replies · 5,113+ views
    New Life Church ^ | 11/04/06 | staff
    We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard. Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct. The language of our church bylaws state that as Overseers we must decide in cases where the Senior Pastor has "demonstrated immoral conduct" whether we must "remove the pastor from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary."
  • 'Dowd' Jones Hits New Low: Cheney-Rumsfeld Like Haggard-Hooker

    11/04/2006 7:08:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies · 1,255+ views
    NY Times-Dowd/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Just as the Dow Jones has hit a new high, the 'Dowd' Jones has reached a new low. In her pay-to-read column this morning, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times analogizes the relationship of Vice-President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld to that of preacher Ted Haggard and a male prostitute.Setting the titillating tone with her headline, "A Wartime Love Story", Dowd writes: At the heart of every administration, there is one relationship above all others that shapes history . . . W. is the hood ornament, but Cheney & Rummy are the chitty chitty bang bang engine of this...
  • Accuser recounts trysts with 'Art'

    11/03/2006 8:56:16 PM PST · by Anita1 · 14 replies · 928+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 3, 2006 | By Fernando Quintero
    The alleged phone calls always came from a public phone. Area code 719. Hundred-dollar bills allegedly arrived in an envelope with a single name, "Art," where the return address should be. Michael Jones claims the calls and the money were for drug-fueled gay sexual encounters with Colorado Springs pastor Ted Haggard...(Jones) He said he decided to come out with his story before the election to influence voters.
  • Evangelical Leaders Comment on Haggard Accusation

    11/03/2006 7:55:35 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 98 replies · 1,977+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | November 3, 2006
    The Reverend Rob Schenck, president of the Evangelical dominated National Clergy Council in Washington, DC, and chairman of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance, America's oldest association of Evangelical clergy, released this statement today on the resignation of the Reverend Ted Haggard from the presidency of the National Association of Evangelicals: "Ted Haggard has denied the allegations made against him. So far, there is only one accuser. The Bible says no man is to be condemned on the testimony of a single accuser. We must prayerfully wait out the investigative process and continue to judge...
  • The Whole Haggard Affair

    11/03/2006 12:54:54 PM PST · by Cursor · 23 replies · 1,092+ views
    The Strenuous Life ^ | 11-3-06 | Cursor
    It stinks. I'm sure that is the initial response of most people of faith and family values. However, for the secular Left it's an "ah hah!" moment of glee.
  • Accused pastor admits he bought meth

    11/03/2006 11:32:59 AM PST · by dogbyte12 · 144 replies · 4,368+ views
    NBC News ^ | 11-3-06 | NBC
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Rev. Ted Haggard admitted Friday he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals. "I bought it for myself but never used it," Haggard told reporters gathered outside his home. "I was tempted, but I never used it." Haggard, 50, said he never had sex with Mike Jones, a 49-year-old Denver man who raised the allegations this week. Haggard said he received a massage from Jones after being referred to him by a Denver hotel.
  • Church Leader Says Haggard Admits To Some Indiscretions

    11/03/2006 6:23:58 AM PST · by SmoothTalker · 235 replies · 7,602+ views
    "A sudden about-face in the scandal facing New Life Church's pastor. After Pastor Ted Haggard went public Wednesday night denying allegations of a homosexual affair, senior church officials told KKTV 11News Thursday evening, Pastor Ted Haggard has admitted to some of the claims made by a former male escort. The church's Acting Senior Pastor, Ross Parsley, tells KKTV 11 News that Pastor Haggard has admitted to some of the indiscretions claimed by Mike Jones, but not all of them."
  • Amid allegations, Haggard steps aside

    11/03/2006 5:39:05 AM PST · by PDR · 55 replies · 2,111+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 2, 2006
    COLORADO SPRINGS — The Rev. Ted Haggard stepped aside as senior pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church and resigned today as president of the National Association of Evangelicals amid allegations by a former gay male escort that the two had a three-year sexual relationship. The church issued a statement saying Haggard "could not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations made on Denver talk radio this morning." Haggard has said that the escort is lying. The statement said he placed himself on administrative leave pending investigation, spiritual counsel, and a decision by the church’s board of...