You know how you’ve been wondering for months now what sex-scandalized former pastor Ted Haggard has been up to?
Mkay. Well. He’s back in Colorado Springs after voluntarily exiling himself and his family in Phoenix for the past year where he spent time in a “spiritual restoration” program.
He says he finished his “restoration” early… perhaps he thinks he’s finally straightened himself out. (Literally.)
Under a severance deal that Ted Haggard reached with the church in 2006, he agreed to leave Colorado Springs and not talk about the scandal publicly. The deal expired at the end of 2007. New pastor Brady Boyd said Haggard was now free to live where he wanted and has returned to Colorado Springs.
“They have moved back and they live in the original house that they lived in for many years,” Boyd said of Haggard and his wife, Gayle.
When a reporter approached him at his house over the weekend, he said he couldn’t talk — that he was “forbidden” from speaking to the media.
At some point in the near future, though, Haggard will talk and share his side of the story. You know he wants to. For so long he wasn’t allowed to say anything, but that embargo is gone now. (That seems contradictory to his comment about being unable to speak to media. Maybe someone can clear that up.)
Could he have been working on a book of his own…?
I’m looking forward to the moment he opens up about this.
There is a way he can make this whole situation better, of course.
If he just admits he’s gay and a Christian, he could be one of the most powerful spokespersons in terms of fixing the homophobic stance so many churches and Christians hold.
That’d be the best thing to do…
Too bad that’s not gonna happen.
(via The Invisible Pink Unicorn)