Remember evangelical pastor Ted Haggard. The one that was cured of his homosexual urges in three weeks of treatment. He is back in the news now, seeking redemption while starting up an insurance company in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He claims to have been abused as a child now, maybe he was but why is he bringing this up now and not when he was caught out. Seems to me he would have wanted to at the time of his outing to sought public sympathy, to send the blame for his actions onto others. He did not do that then and now with the beginnings of his new business venture he seeks to deny responsibility for his actions. I find his claims to be a little disingenuous.
In an ABC Report today on Good Morning America, Haggard according to tape recordings of the sermons posted on the ABC News Web site said 'one of his father's employees "had a sexual experience with me" when Haggard was 7.'
The path to redemption is clear. Blame someone else. I was a victim he is saying and what better way to play to the evangelical faithful than too blame his own behaviour on a child molester. Its a little too late and a little hard to believe you Mr. Haggard.
"...In consultation with leading evangelicals and experts familiar with the type of behavior Pastor Haggard has demonstrated, we have decided that the most positive and productive direction for our church is his dismissal and removal. In addition, the Overseers will continue to explore the depth of Pastor Haggard's offense so that a plan of healing and restoration can begin. ..." New Life Church Colorado Springs, Colorado Media Release, Nov 4, 2006Haggard said in the audio tapes that 'church leaders missed an opportunity to use his scandal to "communicate the gospel worldwide through secular media. We consistently blow it" when those opportunities arise.'
"A congressman in trouble, that's the time. A family member gets himself in horrible trouble, that's the time. A preacher gets himself in awful trouble, that's the time,"Haggard said.
The Evangelical church blew it with their preaching the evils of homosexuality. They blew it with there incessant rantings against gay rights, gays and those that support these rights. They have demonized gays and their behaviour.
Haggard may be looking for a new start, to re-enter the faithful and the best way to do that is to add to the demonetization of gays. To play to stereotypical fears. To continue the cycle.
In Haggard's case, I just hope in this one instance, there is a Hell and he take residence there alongside Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and Jesse Helms to name a few. Perhaps they should be made to listen to Fred Phelps.
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