The Trials of Ted Haggard

Alexandra Pelosi, the director of the HBO documentary Friends of God, is going to air her new HBO film at the end of January.

This one should be fascinating:

Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard has agreed to help promote a new documentary following his life in exile after a 2006 sex scandal — no longer bound by an agreement with his former church that prohibited him from talking publicly about the events that led to his downfall.

“The Trials of Ted Haggard,” directed by Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is set to air next month on HBO. Haggard has agreed to take part in publicity for the project, HBO said.

Finally, we get to hear what Haggard has to say.

We’ve already heard the side of the story from Mike Jones, the gay male escort Haggard frequented.

Neither Pelosi nor Haggard responded to requests for comment on the documentary, which is scheduled to first air Jan. 29. However, a Web site for a Toronto-based entertainment company that promotes HBO and other television projects describes it as “a behind-scenes-look at the rise and fall of Pastor Ted Haggard.”

The 41-minute documentary “follows Haggard and his family as they move from houses to motels as the excommunicated pastor tries to redeem himself and support his loved ones,” it says.

I know exactly how this will play out:

It’ll be a sympathetic portrayal, with Haggard saying he did something wrong but he has asked for God’s forgiveness. At no point will he admit he’s gay. By the end of the film, he’ll be slowly working his way back into churches, trying to reclaim his popularity and power.

Still, I’m eager to see what Pelosi does with this.

(via The Invisible Pink Unicorn)

  • Richard Wade

    It’ll be a sympathetic portrayal, with Haggard saying he did something wrong but he has asked for God’s forgiveness. At no point will he admit he’s gay. By the end of the film, he’ll be slowly working his way back into churches, trying to reclaim his popularity and power.

    If Haggard says anything about having done something wrong, he’ll mean that doing homosexual things was wrong, but he and probably most of the audience will be missing the point. The only thing he did that was wrong was to amass money and power by appealing to people’s hatred, ignorance and fear against gays. The fact that he turned out to be one does not really add or subtract from his being a demagogue, it only adds hypocrisy as a side issue that makes him more vulnerable to ridicule.

    I doubt that he will ever repent of how he has hurt many many innocent people by his selling homophobia.

  • http://brentcliffe.blogspot.com Alex

    I saw a television interview with Haggard where he went on and on about how ashamed he was at how he’s let down everyone. Oddly enough, he stopped short of saying that the primary way he let down everyone was by being such a hypocritical asshole. Apparently, whatever moral shortcomings he may suffer from, hypocrisy is either not one of them, or it’s not a moral shortcoming.

    Happy Monkey!

  • grazatt

    from what I have seen of Alexandra Pelosi she seems like a bit of a twit.

  • http://www.spazeboy.net spazeboy

    Apparently he’s still struggling with his sexuality but will stick with his marriage for the children. So you’re probably right that he never outright admits that he’s gay, but the linked article has him admitting to be a loser.

  • http://www.aperfectfool.com Codswallop

    I thought they cured him of his Gay.


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