Sunday, November 23, 2008

He's back: the new deceptions of Ted Haggard

The odious Ted Haggard has re-emerged from under the rocks where he sought refuge after being exposed as a closet homosexual and drug user.

You will remember that Haggard was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals as well as the pastor of a mega fundamentalist church in Colorado Springs. Haggard regularly preached sermons attacking gay people but then spent his off-hours buying sex from a male prostitute and using methamphetamine -- a drug which is often used by individuals who are sexually repressed and want to loosen up. Haggard claims that he only bought the drugs but didn’t use them. No one believed him.

After Haggard was exposed as a liar and a hypocrite he started with the tearful confessions in the hopes of saving as much of his ministry as he could. At the time Haggard referred to “a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark and I’ve been warring against it my entire adult life.”

However, Haggard, who lied repeatedly during the outing process, is now concocting a new story that conflicts with what he said before. Remember that he previously said he had been fighting his homosexuality his “entire adult life”. I take that to mean from puberty until his exposure. But recently Haggard was invited to preach at a church in Illinois and told them something very different from his previous claims.

The first new facet to his story was that he claimed he was molested when he was 7-years-old. That was never claimed in his previous versions of the story. But for fundamentalists this claim is important. It verifies what they believe about sexuality -- that one is “recruited” into being gay. Thus Ted portrays himself as a victim and not as a “liar and deceiver” as he previously stated. According to one report Haggard claimed the alleged molestation was “an experience that ‘started to produce fruit’ when he turned 50.”

In this new, revised version of the fall of Ted Haggard he was not “warring” with his sexual attractions his entire life. Instead it was the results of him being molested which only “started to produce fruit” almost half a century later. Right! I suggest his first claim that he was “warring” with his sexuality his entire life is more consistent with the facts than his new claim that it only started when he turned 50 and then it “started to rage in my mind and in my heart”. One thing hasn’t changed, Ted Haggard is make to being a “liar and deceiver”.

Haggard is playing up to the lies fundamentalists tell themselves about sexuality. They can’t accept that sexual orientation is so deeply rooted in a person’s being as to be unrelated to any specific event. They want to see homosexuals as sexual vampires converting the young. But the evidence from studies of human sexuality indicates that sexual orientation exists long before individuals become sexual. The orientation may direct the sexual acts but the sexual acts don’t drive the orientation. Fundamentalists believe the complete opposite of what most experts in human sexuality say is true.

My guess is that Haggard is still as gay as he ever was. He will claim a miracle cure just the same as he previously claimed he was heterosexual all along. Most of his life Haggard successfully convinced people he was straight when he clearly wasn’t. All he has done is gone back to the same charade. And fundamentalists have to be believe him because it verifies their view of sex, sin and salvation. That none of it is true is not important. Believing it is true is all that matters.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Diederick said...

This is really funny - although rather unfortunate to say the least.

I hope no gay person listens to him.

November 24, 2008

 
Blogger Brothergrimm said...

Remember, too, that he was "cured" through prayer. I wonder if he took the time to help "cure" that male prostitute?

November 24, 2008

 
Blogger Tzuie said...

I would like to thank you for writing so clearly and exposing some of the many many issues we have with religion.

A good read at anytime.

November 27, 2008

 
Blogger And what? said...

What a freak. I mean it reminds me of a guy I met who told me he was gay and did drugs only later did I find out that he wasn't only straight but he never used drugs before in his life. When I caught him out he cried and said it was because he had been molested by a woman and that is why he entered the disgusting perverse world of the heterosexuals.
he tried to make me think he was over it but i know how deep rooted the hetro disease is. so i told him to piss off and be straight somewhere else

December 27, 2008

 
Blogger felix mab said...

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January 15, 2009

 
Blogger GodlessZone said...

There is a long rant, often incoherent from a religious nut filled with links. It is filled with insults where it is coherent. This one is a real loony. If he wants to comment he can. But none of what he wrote was a comment on the article. He is just looking for free space to spew his nonsense and wants to use our property for his purpose. We don't allow that and I shall remove his post.

January 15, 2009

 
Blogger Ethereal said...

It's so sad that he is lying about his sexual preference. I mean, when people are going to see that he is lying and deceving them?

January 31, 2009

 
Blogger luggage79 said...

Grant Hass: name of a young man who got paid a six figure sum by Haggard's fomer church to keep silent about his sexual relationship with Haggard...if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck...

March 19, 2009

 
Blogger kadavul illai kadiravan said...

No God, No God;

There is No God at all;

He who found the god is Fool;

He who propagates the god is Scoundrel;

He who worships the god is Barbarian.

-Thanthai Periyar.

March 25, 2009

 
Blogger kadavul illai kadiravan said...

No God, No God; There is No God at all;
He who found the god is Fool;
He who propagates the god is Scoundrel;
He who worships the god is Barbarian.
-Thanthai Periyar.
founder of Dravidar Kazhagam in Tamilnadu, South India. This Movement is an atheist movement, making people as rationalist thinkers.

March 25, 2009

 
Blogger Kuster said...

People like this always come back, don't they? And people seem to forget about the past, because it's easyer.

October 29, 2009

 

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