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Yet another lovely example of religious hypocrisy

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Can Can, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Can Can

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    Evangelist Ted Haggard has admitted he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a male prostitute. But he maintains he never had sex or used the drug.



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    Haggard, an outspoken a vocal opponent of gay marriage, resigned as president of the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals and leader of Colorado's New Life Church, after accusations from the gay escort hit airwaves.

    "I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity," he said in a 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, who is often credited with rallying conservative Christians behind U.S. President George Bush for his 2004 re-election, talks to Bush or his advisers every week, according to Harper's Magazine.

    On Friday, the 50-year-old pastor denied having sex with Mike Jones, a 49-year-old male prostitute who told a radio station Haggard paid him for near-monthly sexual trysts over the past three years. He admitted to having a massage from Jones, however, after being referred to him by a Denver hotel. Haggard also admitted to reporters that he bought the drug out of curiosity, but he threw it away.

    "I bought it for myself but never used it," he said. "I was tempted, but I never used it."

    The allegations come as voters in Colorado and seven other U.S. states get ready to decide Tuesday on amendments that define marriage as being between one man and one woman. Aside from the proposed ban, a separate measure would establish the legality of domestic partnerships that would provide same-sex couples with many of the rights of married couples. Haggard, a father of five, resigned as president of the 30 million-member association Thursday after the accusations were made public. He also temporarily gave up his post as the senior pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation.

    In an interview with KUSA-TV, a CNN affiliate in Denver, on Wednesday night, Haggard said that he had never had a gay relationship. "I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife," he said.

    Rev. Ross Parsley, who temporarily assumed Haggard's post, said late Thursday that there has been "some admission of guilt," but not to all of the allegations. "There has been some admission of indiscretion, not an admission to all of the material that has been discussed, but there is an admission of some guilt," said Parsley, the New Life Church associate senior pastor.

    Jones said he decided to reveal details of their relationship because of Haggard's public stance against same-sex marriage. "I just want people to step back and take a look and say, 'Look, we're all sinners, we all have faults, but if two people want to get married, just let them, and let them have a happy life,'" Jones told the Associated Press.

    "It made me angry that here's someone preaching about gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay sex," said Jones, who said he advertised himself as an escort on the Internet and in newspapers serving the gay community.

    Jones claimed he saw Haggard about once a month for trysts that lasted no more than hour and cost $200 in cash. Jones said he was contacted by a man who called himself Art, who snorted methamphetamine before their sexual encounters to heighten his experience.

    Jones said he later saw the man on television identified as Haggard. When asked if he had proof to back his claims, Jones said he had kept voice mails from Haggard on his answering machine, as well as an envelope containing money from him.

    Jones, who said he no longer worked as a prostitute, described himself as a Christian and said that although he was a registered Democrat he had voted for Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush for president.

    Haggard also denied the allegations of drug use Wednesday. "I have never done drugs, ever -- not even in high school," he told KUSA.

    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.

    Haggard, 50, was appointed president of the evangelical association in March 2003. He has long been a leading figure among American evangelical Christians. Time Magazine included him in its list of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" while Harper's described New Life last year as "America's most powerful megachurch."

    After Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, Haggard and others began organizing state-by-state opposition.

    Another prominent religious conservative leader blasted the media for reporting a "rumour" based on "nothing but one man's accusation." "Ted Haggard is a friend of mine, and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday's election -- especially the vote on Colorado's marriage-protection amendment, which Ted strongly supports," said James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, also based in Colorado Springs.

    Jerry Falwell, a prominent conservative Christian and Republican Party stalwart, was quick to play down Haggard's role among evangelicals. "He (Haggard) doesn't really lead the (evangelical) movement. ... He is the president of an association that is very loosely knit and I've never been a member of it," Falwell said in a CNN interview on Thursday.

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    He must be related to Klinton.........:surepal:
     
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    Might as well add this sack of **** to the suicide watch list.........
     
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    THANK YOU LORD!!!! That dick is one of the biggest problems with the town I live in!
     
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    lol. Nothing wrong with spreading the ideals of good morals / character. Following your own advice would be a good idea too. Not sure why liberals are (with a straight face) giving this guy crap... they are the grand masters of "do as I say, not as I do". Gore says I should walk to work or ride a bike... while he takes private jets everywhere... gets driven around in armored limos and SUVs and has mulitple fossil-fuel-wasting mansions etc etc.

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    I do not believe that one. I was reading about it earlier today and ol’boy bought any where from $100.00 to $350.00 each time he got together with his butt buddy. That’s allot of money over that long of a time too throw away. I can’t say if he used it or not, but I can’t see anyone taking a risk of a felony charge too just throw it in the trash. That just doesn’t add up.
     
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    no, it doesn't. Of course the pillow-biter guy failing the lie detector test doesn't win him any "i have integrity!" cool points either. IMO this guy is probably a little bit like Foley (who helped get several anti-pedo laws passed in Congress) in that he knows what he is doing is wrong (according to his own belief system) and therefore there is some self-sabotage going on. Sorta like the serial killer who wants to get caught...

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    or a guy who likes a set of hairy nuts hanging on his chin........
     
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    or well... yeah... but you can be gay as gay and not be a) breaking the law or b) buying drugs or c) breaking, what is supposedly, your moral code.

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    WTF is the matter with you Paul?? Did it ever occur to you that he may have been researching his latest book...................





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    althought this is true. this guy is just... well... creepy. he has shown himself as a disgrace to two parties... his religion and his goverment... i mean yeah sure. be a hippocrite about transportation issues and global warming. you can live with that... but not about gay secks and drugs.:doah:al gore will be seen as a prick at times. this guy will be seen as the sick perverted bastard that will burn in hell. id be a prick over that any day of the week. :haha: :haha: :haha:
     
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    LMAO! :haha::haha::haha::haha::haha:


    Seriously. Colorado Springs would be perfectly fine if they could get rid of "Focus on the Famliy" and the "New Life Church"

    ... well, I guess only "Focus on the Family" now. I imagine New Life is gonna see a serious decline in followers.


    I'm half tempted to go up there Sunday and tell everyone that they;re being preached to by a fag. Ofcourse, I'm drunk right now, so I wont. But damned if the thought isn't in my head.
     
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    I never even heard of Ted Haggard????? And, I'm glad I havn't....
     
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    Liar it says you have him recorded on your voicemail right in the article...:p:
     
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    Ohhhhh... I never knew my last name was Jones. Well, because I'm retarded,can I go get high now?
    Close enough, I have my molsen Canadian here with me...
    No Haggard though...wonder when that bastard is gonna call.....
     
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