…Haggy the Hypocrite DID have sex with that man, Mr. Jones!
Disgraced US evangelist Ted Haggard, a vocal opponent of gay marriage and poster boy for conservative causes, admitted on Sunday that he was guilty of “sexual immorality.”
Haggard, under fire since last week when a male escort said he had a sexual affair with the preacher, said in a letter read at his New Life Church that he was ashamed.
“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 that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life,” Haggard said in the letter, which was reads by a church overseer during a Sunday morning service.
“… from time to time, the dirt that I thought was gone would resurface, and I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach,” he said.
Haggard resigned as president of the influential National Association of Evangelicals Thursday after the male escort made his accusation.
Haggard also agreed to step down as senior pastor of the New Life Church, a 14,000 member “mega-church” that he founded in 1985 and where he is known as “Pastor Ted.”
Haggard, 50, had initially denied the allegations but began backpedaling on Friday when he admitted to seeking the man at a Denver Hotel for a “massage” and contacting him to buy the drug methamphetamine. He said he had thrown the drug away.
Jesus doesn’t like it when you lie, Ted!
And speaking of the Jewish hippie carpenter, I wonder what skeletons he’s gonna make fall out of James Dobson’s closet? I’m sure there must be several.
But the sweetest bit is this, which comes near the end:
The scandal has shaken New Life Church and the evangelical community in Colorado Springs.
“I will never set foot in another church again. How will I tell gay people or those who have sinned about Jesus if this is the way the church treats them,” said a sobbing Cindy Whitehead, a 55-year-old grandmother, after she stormed out of New Life as the letter was being read during the second morning service.
Please, Jesus, let this be the beginning of the end for fundamentalism and conservative politics in general, forever and ever. Amen.