Friday, November 03, 2006

Landmarks in Hypocrisy (Overtime Edition)

You know what they say about those guys who are always yelling about The Gays. Often as not, they're gay themselves.

Yep. The Rev. Ted Haggard, leader of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals, pastor of the mega (14,000-member) New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage, first denies that he's been having monthly sex at $400 a pop with a male prostitute.

Then he resigns both his post with the National Assn. of Evangelicals and his pulpit at New Life Church. Why would an innocent man resign? To spend more time with his wife and five kids?

Now he says he did some of the stuff the male prostitute alleges but not all of it. Lordy! Shades of Bill Clinton parsing what "having sex" means.

Not that leading Republican mullahs of the Christian Right share ANY of the human frailties that almost brought down a president. So can we PLEASE get back on why John Kerry hates America?

FOOTNOTE: Insights on Haggard (and his accuser) by Jeff Sharlet, including the long Harper's piece that Sharlet did on Haggard's mega-church in May 2005 ... here.

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