The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has resigned amid allegations that he had sex with a former self-described male prostitute, is now admitting to some indiscretions after initial denials, according to the acting senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado.
…Haggard, a married father of five, had denied the allegations in a television interview, but Ross Parsley, the acting senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado, said he had admitted to some wrongdoing.
“I just know that there has been some admission of indiscretion, not admission to all of the material that has been discussed, but there is an admission of some guilt,” Parsley told KKTV-TV of Colorado Springs.
Before I read this.
MILES O’BRIEN: Colorado is one of eight states where there’s an amendment to ban gay marriage on the ballot. He’s been at the forefront pushing for this amendment. Obviously the allegations of politics might resonate.
DELIA GALLAGHER: Yes. There’s a lot of question in the evangelical community as to the timing of this and the motivations for it. So that’s certainly something to watch come Tuesday.
OK. Conservatives and evangelicals who are wringing your hands over this, and gearing up to blame the gays, the Democrats, or both … Come a little closer and let me, as we say where I come from, “break it down for you.”
You’ve freaked out over Foley. You’ve cringed over Craig and Crist. Now you’re gagging on Haggard (largely because he may well have been gagging on somebody else.) Well, stop it. You don’t get to do that.
Here’s the thing. When you prefer or even require your homosexuals to be closeted and/or psychologically and spiritually tormented, you do not get to bitch when something like this happens, because you made it inevitable.
See, when you start moaning about why this was exposed now, as opposed to questioning why there was anything to expose in the first place, you’re digging down levels deeper than your usual baseline neurosis, which is the equivalent of if ignoring the fact that the elephant you’ve been pretending isn’t in the room has just crapped in the middle of it. And he’s crapped just what you’ve been shoveling all along. What doesn’t occur to you is that if Foley and Haggard had been able to be healthy, happy, honest homosexuals in your world (an impossibility because first you have to be willing to consider that one can be gay all those things as well) then Foley would still be in Congress and Mark Jones would still be an unknown former male prostitute from Colorado instead of the newest media whore from Colorado.
But back to what I said. You made this inevitable? How? Well, I’m reminded of a saying I heard in recovery circles years ago: We’re as sick as our secrets. I’d extend that by just adding that our secrets make us sick. Require someone to keep a secret, or construct some pretty serious disincentives to honesty, and … well … you make people sick.
Besides, it may be that some of your own engineered Haggard’s fall because he was starting to stray too far from the script.
The head of the National Association of Evangelicals, who has stepped down while his church investigates a claim he paid a man for sex, had been working to broaden the evangelical agenda, raising the profile of the group but also drawing criticism from old guard leaders.
The Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado had continued to fight abortion and acceptance of gay relationships in his three years as association president, recently championing a proposed ban on same-sex marriage on his home state’s ballot. But he also prioritized anti-poverty work and environmental activism. The association recently started a project called “Re:Vision,” meant to advance a “broad biblical agenda” that includes improving health care and ending racism.
“He’s helped to build up the organization,” said John Green, senior fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “He’s also taken risks.”
One of Haggard’s biggest leaps came when he said he believed global warming was occurring, and that preventing it should be an evangelical priority.
Of course something had to be done, right? After all doesn’t Haggard know that global warming might be a part of “God’s plan” and that stopping it might get in the way of the Second Coming?
And, if recent reports are true, getting in the way of a second coming might be exactly what Haggard wanted to do all along.