President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE)… head Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs… One of the most influential Evangelicals in the country according to Time magazine… the guy who supposedly has a weekly telephone conversation with President Bush.
And now, Ted Haggard is accused of having a three-year affair with a gay male escort.
Never thought I’d be writing those words…
Let’s not jump to conclusions about this. As of now, the accuser hasn’t produced any evidence (which he says he will do). And even Ted Haggard deserves a fair hearing on this.
It was surprising to see Haggard’s reaction to this, though. He stepped aside from his positions of power, from his own church as well as the NAE.
When I was writing the book, I went to Ted Haggard’s church. That Sunday morning, he spent a lot of time sermonizing about how when he or his church or his family gets “attacked,” he feels like he must act on the defensive. He said he’d do whatever it takes to defend his name. Without going into more specifics right now, it seems like he’s doing the opposite by stepping aside amid these allegations.
So let’s wait to hear the full story and hear the evidence before thinking of the ramifications.
But I’ll be damned if this story is true…
[tags]Ted Haggard, New Life Church, gay, National Association of Evangelicals, Time magazine, Colorado Springs, [/tags]