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In Letter to Congregation, Haggard Admits ‘Immorality’

Posted on Nov 5, 2006

In a letter read on Sunday to his former congregation, Ted Haggard admitted to sexual immorality and deception.  Though Haggard initially denied having sex with a former male escort, the oversight board charged with investigating the matter decided that allowing a gay man to massage him was reason enough for the pastor’s dismissal.

(h/t: Huffington Post)

Denver Post:

In deciding to dismiss Haggard, the oversight board consulted with several evangelical leaders, including James Dobson of Focus on the Family and Jack Hayford, a prominent preacher from southern California, Stockstill said.

Stockstill said at the later news conference that politics played “zero” role in the haste of the process that led to Haggard’s removal, and that the oversight board received no political pressure from anyone.

“I don’t know if it will affect (next week’s election) or not,” Stockstill said. “We could not have that on our minds and do our work.”

From the pulpit, Stockstill tried to reassure church members their institution was safe and secure, despite Haggard’s removal as leader. The decision to dismiss Haggard, rather than discipline him, actually came as a relief to “Pastor Ted” and his wife, Stockstill said.

“That is not a harsh thing, that’s a wonderful thing for him,” Stockstill said.

In his letter, Haggard said he added to the confusion this week when speaking to reporters about the allegations against him. He acknowledged “inconsistent statements” for which he was solely responsible.

“The fact is, I am guilty of sexual immorality, and I take responsibility for the entire problem,” he wrote. 


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By eric, February 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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Haggard stepping down from his church, I am sure was a blow to the congregation that loved and trusted him.  But what about the family that loved him and trusted him even more?  While reconciliation with the church congregation is practically impossilbe, there needs to be a sincere attempt on his part as well as the members of his family to reconcile and not end a lifetime relationship.  Very hard, but with professional counceling help, possible.

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By Alisha, November 10, 2006 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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Christianity has not failed.  Jesus Christ has not failed.  Ted Haggard failed.  Ted Haggard was a pastor, and is a human being, so it should not be a surprise that he sinned—we all do.  I do not condone or support his behavior.  He was wrong, but I hope that others do not use his decisions as a reason to dismiss Christianity, or—more importantly—a relationship with Christ.  We can’t look to Ted Haggard—or any other Christian—to set the perfect example.  Many people name the name of Christ and claim to be a Christian, but that doesn’t mean that they are.  And people who are committed Christians will still sometimes fail, make mistakes.  Jesus Christ is our only perfect example.  Mr. Haggard made a mistake that affects not only his family and his church, but the way that people view Jesus.  If you want to know Jesus and what He is like, please get to know HIM.  Don’t judge Him based on the behavior of a person who claims to represent Him.

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By Gary, November 8, 2006 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Lyle!  There is only one word befitting many of those who believe in the invisible spirit: Hypocrites

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By William White, November 6, 2006 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Haggard having consensual sex with a man should not be considered immoral. His lies, infidelity with his wife and his hypocrisy are immoral

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By Lyle, November 6, 2006 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment
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Umm, to anyone who thinks this guy didn’t violate his ideological stance… WAKE UP! The gay guy who came out came out saying, plainly, that the reason he came out about it was BECAUSE of the guy’s ideological stance. He’s a HYPOCRITE! Just like most Christians today are as well. They support one thing while their Religion RAILS against it! Wake up! If you follow your faith, follow it. If you don’t then just admit it! Get it over with! Why won’t you? Oh yeah, because IDIOTS will throw you money and make you RICH beyond your wildest dreams as long as you get up their on the pulpit and call for people to praise Jesus. (And God as an after-thought…) Idolaters.

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By Auntie Dogma, November 6, 2006 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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In response to comment #36818

This is a political blog after all. When one considers the extent to which Haggard and his ilk have tried, through political means, to foist their ideology on the rest of us, it’s perfectly fair play to now attack him as a hypocrite, a fear monger, an opportunist, a cheat , a liar, and any other shoe that fits.

But I doubt anyone visiting this website is surprised by the Haggard revelation. Christianity can not statistically claim any advantage when it comes to moral superiority. In fact, the numbers suggest the opposite. What Christians can claim, unfortunately, is an advantage when it comes to moral arrogance, and that’s what I suspect some readers of this blog object to, and why some feel that people should beware of the Haggards of this world, whose claims are hollow, and who are righteous considerably more often than they are right.

Not convinced? Here’s an enlightening Haggard clip

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By The Sned, November 6, 2006 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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The sad part is that Haggard has yet to apologize to the gay community. Sadder still that the religious right picks and choses what laws it wants to follow from the old testament. Leviticus has a slew of them that are ignored.

If you’re a heterosexual do you remember when you became one? Neither do homosexuals from everything I’ve read. There are not just two sexes that “God” supposedly created. Science knows it. But there was no science in biblical days.

There are heterosexuals, bi sexuals, homosexuals, men born feeling inside like women, and women born feeling like men, and people born with both sexual organs. There is no right sex.

Everyday we learn more and more how chemicals effect what we do, what we say, how we feel. But if the minister or priest doesn’t talk about it… people don’t read about it. Compared to Europeans we are sexually stupid,backward, and hateful.

And when it comes to religion…..they saw war in their own backyards….as Christians they helped pack millions of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals off to the camps to be exterminated.

Christanity failed…and it failed Rev Haggard, and he has failed the gays and himself…so far. Poor man.

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By Jamel, November 6, 2006 at 7:27 am Link to this comment
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Must we equate everything with politics. This is not a right wing political issue…Ted Haggard is a Christian before he is a rebublican or demorcrat. And he did not violate his ideology he violated his Faith. Have we not forgotten that there are also Democrats who claim to be Christian?

And you are giving examples like Swaggert, Baker, and now Haggard as reasons to discredit the Christian Faith. Well in a span of 20 years or so you have given me 3 that enough to conclude that Christianity is laden with whore and reprobates???

This is your typical political site filled with invalid, and unsubstabtiated opinions that hold no weight in the court of common sense.

Fact of the matter is that Christianity does not automatically translate into perfection…we all face difficult trials and temptations. No one is perfect..i am sure anyone here has done things that they have otherwise stood or spoken against.

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By Hemi, November 6, 2006 at 6:59 am Link to this comment
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We are clearly alone in this world, we only have each other to blame, hate, love and believe in. Why shouldn’t his family stick by him, he is and
they are “only human”. When we all come to the understanding that everyone in this world is “only human” we will stop edifying the few and keep everyone in the mix of rights and responsibilities.

There is no god at work here. Only men who would be god if we let them. ‘Sound like anyone you know?

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By thinking christian, November 6, 2006 at 1:27 am Link to this comment
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As a former right-wing evangelical and now practicing Christian, why is it that church leaders have to be cornered like rats before they fess up?  Think of all of the people they hurt as they clawed and lied their way up the top and all evil done by those holding the ladder.  It’s a sad people who value the right wings ideals.

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

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By PoliticalCritic, November 5, 2006 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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It’s a pity the media doesn’t cover this story the way they came after Kerry just the other day.  Juzt shows how stupid the Dems are.  They should’ve been all over it, yet they made few, if any, public comments.

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, November 5, 2006 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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I had a gay friend who was a mess. He was one of the most self-destructive people I have ever known. After I knew him better, I found out that he had gone to Bob Jones University! This man could not get away from the beliefs of his childhood and hated himself far worse than any homophobic could have hated him.

I suspect that this man is in the same boat… leave him…..he hates himself far more than you can hate him.

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By John Mentor, November 5, 2006 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment
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This incident is one in a long line of megachurch leaders. Remember Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert etc etc. Why do people continue to hold up these media creations as authorities on anything? Why are the whores the most honest people in the mix? Of course We’ll have a tearful confession then rehab but the underlying problem persists. The emperor, I mean preacher has no clothes. Trust them at your own risk, fools!

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By dixiedude, November 5, 2006 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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I loved the wife’s statement - I stand by my husband until death parts us…..if I were him, I wouldn’t sleep next to her tonight!!

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By Alejandro Quinonez, November 5, 2006 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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It’s laughable how all these reprobates seem to find contrition after they’ve been caught and all efforts at deciet have been expended. These self appointed messengers of God and there repuglican neo-cons are destroying our Nations moral compass and our ability to set standards of ethical and honorable behavior of our own children let alone the rest of the world. The stench that eminates from this ilk is that of rotting flesh(human).


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By elendil, November 5, 2006 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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Maybe if gay marriage was allowed then none of this—the drugs, lies, prostitution, the betrayal of a spouse and children—would have happened.

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By ian pepper, November 5, 2006 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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With all the republican gays pouring (mostly against theie will) out of the closet these days, the new liberals gay coming out statement will have to be:

I am gay, but I am NOT a Repubican!

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