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Posted on Nov 2, 2006
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A prominent evangelical preacher and opponent of gay marriage has temporarily stepped down from his church leadership role amid allegations that he had a three-year relationship with a former male escort.  Though the Rev. Ted Haggard denies the claim, Mike Jones says he has voicemails and a letter from Haggard, and intends to take a polygraph test.


Rocky Mountain News:

Mike Jones, 49, of Denver, made his allegations on the Peter Boyles show on KHOW 630 AM, saying he was compelled to come forward because he believes Haggard, an opponent of same-sex unions, is being hypocritical.

“After sitting back and contemplating this issue, the biggest reason is being a gay man all my life, I have experience with my friends, some great sadness of people that were in a relationship through the years,” and were not able to enjoy the same rights and privileges as a married man and woman, Jones told Boyles on air.

“I felt it was my responsibility to my fellow brothers and sisters, that I had to take a stand, and I cannot sit back anymore and hear (what) to me is an anti-gay message.”

Haggard told KUSA Channel 9 that “I’ve never had a gay relationship with anybody, and I’m steady with my wife. I’m faithful to my wife.”

Jones, who told a bankruptcy judge last year that he is a self-employed fitness consultant, told Boyles that he was paid money by Haggard, who he says made frequent trips to Denver for sexual liaisons, that he has recorded voicemails and a letter from Haggard, and that he had also witnessed Haggard use methamphetamine.

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By SicGraFX, November 5, 2006 at 12:35 am Link to this comment
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I am clapping my hands bloody! Pure schadenfreude!

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, November 4, 2006 at 7:02 am Link to this comment
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Will there ever come a day when we are not peeking into someone´s private life?

I know, I know, someone is going to go on about hypocrisy…..and they will be correct.

If we really want to put a stop to this very unattractive and unproductive feature of our political scene, then someone has to forego the chance to yell hypocrisy and leave private lives private.

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By Fielding Mellish, November 3, 2006 at 8:56 pm Link to this comment
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Pride Goes Before the Fall - Proverbs 16:18

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By Rodney Matthews, November 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment
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We now know what the Republican men do on their political and spirtual retreats. Its one big blow party! Who knew we had a republican brokeback mountain! Don.t ask don,t tell! Don,t get caught! It may come back to bite you in the Bush or Dick!

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By R. Roth, November 3, 2006 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve been around the block a few times and just this year I’ve turned atheist, because I hate what organized religion does to innocent people (mid-east wars,) turned communist, because I’ve lost faith in our democracy (ignorant, arrogant congress and White House) and was giving turning homosexual serious consideration (it’s so poplular I must be missing something) until this.  Who the F—- needs cable T.V. and videos when we have all this?  For sure, there’s not much out there to have faith in anymore—not a pleasant revelation for someone my age.  My years of experience with “men of the cloth” tells me that many of them are just as arrogant and deceitful as our congress, so I’m not at all surprised by Haggard, Swaggart or what’s his name, Tammy’s husband.  Smart religious people everywhere should finally get the message, give them all the Italian Salute and put their faith into something deserving, like a good dog.  Thank Fido, I have four of ‘em.

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By Rich, November 3, 2006 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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There’s something I can’t quite put my finger on about facism, religion and homosexuality.
Many of the Brown Shirts (SA) were homosexuals as well as some Black Shirts. No doubt when the police state fully emerges, these “turn-coat” homosexuals will be purged from the Party ala the “Night of the Long Knives”.

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By Jon, November 3, 2006 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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Gay community should do this nation a favor.

Drag those mouthfoaming gays out of their closets.

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By ourstorian, November 3, 2006 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Republican hypocrisy ... the gift that keeps giving and giving and ...

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By LEILANI, November 3, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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THE EVANGELICALS SAY THEY GET THEIR MESSAGES FROM GOD.  HAGGARD’S MESSAGE CAME FIRST CLASS, POSTAGE DUE.

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By Trent, November 3, 2006 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment
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“...I didn’t inhale and never tried it again!”

Where did I hear that line before?

;->

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By Ed W., November 3, 2006 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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I saw this coming from a mile away… I mean the guy is Christian, right?


These people are pathetic hypocrites.  They spend their time literally preaching about how sinful sex is before marraige, gay sex, condom use, etc: “You do the nasty before you wed, and you get to burn in fire for eternity!”  But then, surprise!  They’re gay too!  So we can only assume Faggard is going to hell now too, right?

This guy needs a new job, and I think one just became available at the HYPOCRITE FACTORY…

Ohhhh snap, no he didnt!

*Disclaimer: at the time of this post I am not sure if “faggard” is considered a slur or not, so to anyone I offended: I’m sorry.

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By Danny T, November 3, 2006 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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I have tended towards the belief that all homophobia is based on some level of latent homosexuality.  Otherwise it just doesn’t make any sense to get so riled up by something which doesn’t concern you in any way.  On the other hand those who have accepted who they are seem to be happier than anyone else.

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By C Quil, November 3, 2006 at 12:13 pm Link to this comment
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So - when are the 15,000 or so members of the congregation gonna get really mad about the fact that their collection money was going toward purchasing the services of hookers and methamphetamine?

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By Scott, November 3, 2006 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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In Spiritus Veritas!

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By Liberace, November 3, 2006 at 10:20 am Link to this comment
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The whole past six years has been one long prison rape scene.
And don’t think the fact these guys are always on crank doesn’t explain a lot.

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By DaveSays, November 3, 2006 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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It’s what is so great about religion. You can fervently preach one thing to hundreds of thousands while committing the sin you “hate”, and, in the end, it really doesn’t matter. You repent and “Ta-Da!” continue hating homo-sins. What a tidy package.

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By chitom2001@yahoo.com, November 3, 2006 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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Speaking of smiles, isn’t there something creepy about Rev. Ross Parsley’s smirking when he was interviewed about the “admissions” made by Rev. Haggard.  Somehow, it seemed to me that he was saying “hey folks, this is all a big misunderstanding, a lot of foolishness—you’ll see.”  Or maybe he was just pleased pink at his big promotion once Haggard stepped down.

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By mark o, November 3, 2006 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
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The old joke claims that the main difference between Baptist and Methodist is that two Methodist will greet one another in a liquor store.The more you hear about the religous right the less funny the joke gets.

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By NHS, November 3, 2006 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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Anna,

The reason there are have been no sex scandals involving women; Right Wing Patriarchy doesn’t like competing against strong willed independent women. Thus there are only a few token female right wingers set up for display.  Given time I’m sure a closet lesbian will will be exposed. 

(I have high hopes for Condi!) wink

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By Rick, November 3, 2006 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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Expect Ted Haggard to be checking into an alcohol rehab clinic any time now.

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By chitom2001@yahoo.com, November 3, 2006 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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Can we please distinguish between “family values” and “phony values”—or is there really not much of a distinction?

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By Suzanne, November 3, 2006 at 5:16 am Link to this comment
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I was particularly struck by the large ear to ear smile Rev. Haggard displayed during the interview on this news item in last evenings news.  His interview was followed by an interview of the man making the allegations.  Listening to him, I could not shake the image of that smile.

That smile is one of the most dangerous images which the media can capture for public view.  That smile is also shared by leaders of politics and industry as well as religious leaders.  That smile is the smile of deception which the public sees all too often.

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By Matthew, November 3, 2006 at 4:53 am Link to this comment
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News item:  Bush is losing support among evangelicals.

Apparently they still love Dick, though.

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By ian pepper, November 3, 2006 at 4:39 am Link to this comment
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These are sad times for ordinary gay men.

I used to believe I was decadent, dangerous, depraved, contributing to the downfall of western civilization, etc.

But Reverend Harrard has shown me the light:

Compared to him and his schizophrenic cadres of gay closeted homophobic hypocritical Republican activists, I am as dull as dishwater.


I confess!!

I have never paid for sex, been paid for sex, or use hard drugs (the last time I smoked a joint, I was 17).

I have never led a double life.

I am not tormented by inner demons.

I work five days a week and pay my taxes, and have never made my living flitting from White House press room to mega-church to television studio, unwinding afterwards in high-priced hotel suites with call boys and amphetamines.

Boring!!

Can I be saved????

I am so desperate, I’m ready to date a Republican!!!!

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By Prissy Patriot, November 2, 2006 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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And talk about hypocrites.  Ever notice how flippin’ MEAN these kinds of repressed homophobes who turn to be gay, usually are? 

Don’t do this, don’t do that-they mean for me and you not to-cause they are doing it any chance they get- behind everyone else’s back!

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By BobR, November 2, 2006 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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The louder someone condemns gay people, the more likely they’re hiding their own sexual desires.  What a bunch of bible-beating phonies!

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By Mike, November 2, 2006 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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I think the words of John Lennon are appropriate here…“Instant Karma gonna get you” smile

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By Daniel DiRito, November 2, 2006 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment
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While one cannot conclude that this accusation will prove to be true, the man bringing the allegation has been in the Denver and Colorado Springs area for some time. His advertisements for services have appeared in local gay publications for a number of years and it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for him to come forward without sufficient and accurate information to prove his claims. That is simply speculation on my part but it would seem like a huge mistake if his story is a fabrication. My hunch is that the information will bear the coming scrutiny and that the pastor’s secrets are about to be exposed.

If Jesus was to be our example, then I don’t understand this thing we now call Christian values. Pastor Haggard may believe that he speaks for God but his actions suggest that he merely fears his own humanity. Further, if the values he espouses exist to demonstrate his faith in the God he knows, then the God he knows must have already seen this element of his humanity that he cannot personally accept…which would mean that any true God has already accepted that which we humans won’t and would also prove that the God Haggard purports to represent is not a real God but a God of his own creation designed to serve his flawed view of the human condition.

Read more here:

[url=http://www.thoughttheater.com]http://www.thoughttheater.com[/url]

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By Anna, November 2, 2006 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment
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It just keeps getting better. Everyone pouring out of their respective closets. It’s interesting that so far no one is involved with a woman. How disturbing. Well, still four days left.

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By JV, November 2, 2006 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment
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Gotta love these guys….....Oh, I guess that’s exactly what they’re doing!!!!!!

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By Nancy, November 2, 2006 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, boy, more stuff about the “family values” people.  It is only an allegation, but, stay tuned. 

Rush Limbaugh makes fun of drug addicts and people with disabilities while he abuses prescription drugs, the GOP has so much corruption that people have become disinterested and lost count of the players, a president who avoided combat during Viet Nam and demands an apology from a Senator who served in combat for “disrespecting” the troops, while overlooking the fact that this president is the one who owes the troops an apology for the mess in Iraq.

We certainly have a dysfunctional government.  Will the outrage finally bring about some needed changes on Nov. 7?

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By PAUL AMIGO, November 2, 2006 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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Finally,the GOP has become the “Gay Old Party”!
All these judgemental phonies with their spiritual arrogance, had it coming for a long time!!

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