Haggard Fesses Up; So Does Doogie

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family Values2 Comments


Less than 24 hours after being fired from the mega-church he founded, evangelical Pastor Ted Haggard confessed to a "lifelong" sexual problem.

In a letter read to members of his New Life Church Sunday, Haggard said he is "a deceiver and a liar." Haggard apologized to his congregation in the letter and asked for their forgiveness.

You like irony?  Here’s a quote from Haggard’s last sermon, delivered a week ago from last Sunday, before the whole scandal broke:

"Heavenly Father give us grace and mercy, help us this next week and a half as we go into national elections and Lord we pray for our country. Father we pray lies would be exposed and deception exposed. Father we pray that wisdom would come upon our electorate …"

Lies and deception exposed?  They sure were, Ted!  Guess there’s something to that "Lord moving in strange and mysterious ways" thing.

RELATED:  Neil Patrick Harris (aka "Doogie Howser") says:

"(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest."

The difference, of course, between Haggard’s coming out, and Harris’s coming out, is that the former is engaging in self-loathing torment, and that latter is healthy and normal and doesn’t see his oreintation as a "problem".  I think it altogether fitting that Haggard is in his own private hell.