Someone’s Been Ignoring Leviticus

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Nothing says Sunday morning like poking fun at hypocritical and closeted Evangelical pastors. Indeed, in the first video you have Pastor Haggard stating that the debate of homosexuality is essentially a fruitless one as it clearly states in the Bible that homosexuality is wrong (oh how people pick and choose how to interpret scripture). Towards the end of the video, you hear Haggard say in jest, “I think I know what you did last night.”

Ironically enough, from the second video, it turns out we now all have a good idea of how Pastor Haggard likes to spend his nights.

Still, Haggard claims to have purchased meth from a gay prostitute only to throw it away. Right. Haggard goes on to add that claims from said prostitute/drug dealer are false. According to the good pastor, “I only went there for a massage.” I’m sure it doesn’t take much to guess which areas were massaged.

Haggard was listed as one of the Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Evangelicals. Up until his abrupt dismissal, Haggard was President of the National Association of Evangelicals, which includes some 30 million followers.

And what contributed to the rise of Haggard and his church?

A lengthy profile in Harper’s magazine recounts how he built the New Life Church in part by hanging out at gay bars and inviting patrons to come to sermons and be saved.

Well I guess if you can’t beat them…

After confirming some of his accuser’s accusations over drug use and inappropriate behavior, Haggard has since been fired. No worries, though, Teddy. I’m sure the people over at the gay bars are still there with open arms. If not them, I’m sure there are quite a few other pastors out there who can relate.

Spotted @ D Listed!

Update!

From a statement read in right-wing evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s church this morning:

“The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality, and I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring with it all of my adult life.”

Translation: I’m gay. I like guys. I hate myself for it. The only thing repulsive and dark about Ted Haggard is his inability to accept who he is. Ted Haggard is a victim of the branch of organized religion he was born into. He’s been told his entire life that homosexuality is deviant and evil and gays are to be hated. He’s spent years trying to be something he is not and his own self-hatred has been his undoing.

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