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"We never had sex sex. I bought drugs and a massage from him, and he masturbated me at the end of it. That's it."
—Ted Haggard[1]
Forgiven, by Thomas BlackshearWikipedia's W.svg, one of the images decorating Haggard's World Prayer Center.
Ted Haggard with Richard Dawkins

Ted Haggard (1956 –) was the totally not-gay[2] (remember that, it's important to know) head of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado[3]. In 2007 Haggard was exposed as a methamphetamine user and a regular customer of Denver's male prostitutes. We must assume that money the faithful gave him was never used in this way. After a month of intensive "therapy", he was pronounced "200%[4] 100% heterosexual" and announced that he was going for a master's degree at the University of Phoenix.

The reason Ted Haggard chose the homosexual lifestyle is that Satan has a presence in the Church, which is why people can still have independent impure thoughts in church. Even though Satan can find his way into the Church, rest assured, there is no way that Satan found his way into the Bible long ago and twisted the whole book, because the Bible says so: Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.[5] This shield does not cover his gay interests, however.

The next section is the only thing that matters in this article, so don't bother reading the rest.

He's not gay[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Not gay

Seriously, he's not. He is 0% gay and 200% heterosexual AND he has the pure shield of God combined with the magic powers of reparative therapy and his wife. It cannot be stressed too highly – no, he's not gay.

Seriously guys, he isn't gay. It has to be said again: Ted Haggard is not gay.

New Life Church[edit]

Evangelicals have the best sex life of any group.
—Ted Haggard[6]

Ted Haggard founded the New Life Church in 1984. Locals often refer to it as "6 Flags Over Jesus" due to its enormous size and bizarrely large number of flags out front. Attendance has been very down since Ted's fall from grace.

Update[edit]

Rev. Haggard has apparently left the "restoration" process after three weeks. He has been advised to seek secular work and is studying to be a counsellor.[7] We must pity his secular victims.

In 2007 Haggard begged the gullible public for money to finance himself and his wife while studying online and moved with her into rehabilitation. He asked donations to be sent to a tax-exempt organisation that was dissolved several months previously. His resources include the following:

  1. $85,000 anniversary bonus given before the scandal,
  2. $115,000 for the 10 months he worked,
  3. $138,000 in severance,
  4. $700,000 for the mansion hovel where he lives,
  5. Unknown amount in royalties for the morally uplifting books he wrote.

Post-scandal career[edit]

After losing his credibility and the possibility of continuation for his ministerial career, Haggard has had to build a new life for himself in the secular world. The path he seems to have chosen, according to his personal website, is the shady world of life insurance sales.[8] His business model bears a scary resemblance to another certain business practice with a distinct triangular shape and other such get-rich-quick scams out there on the internet, proving once and for all that life in the church really does give you an education in parting the gullible from their cash and that life in the church fails to make people heterosexual.

Haggard and his wife (a woman) appeared on the reality TV series Celebrity Wife Swap in 2012.[9]

Regarding that wife, Haggard admitted that if he were 21 in today's society, he would identify as bisexual.[10] He noted in the same interview that he's perfectly satisfied having sex with his wife.

Trivia[edit]

Scandals aside, there is good evidence that Mr. Haggard was an extremely bad man. When meeting with a ten-year-old with aspirations of becoming a Christian preacher, Haggard mocked the child's speaking skills, informing the child that he could trade on his youth and enthusiasm until he gained some "real material."[11]

By sheer coincidence, Ted Haggard is also the slightly opinionated preacher who briefly appeared and was interviewed by Richard Dawkins in the documentary The Root of All Evil,[12] which was filmed in early 2006 before the scandal.

Haggard's "World Prayer Center" was lavishly illustrated with intriguing, high-camp fantasy art by a number of contemporary figurative artists, including curiously muscular and busty angels depicted by the neo-symbolist fantasy painter Thomas Blackshear.[13][14][15]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201102/pastor-ted-haggard?printable=true
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZmHC75FDqQ
  3. The "was" refers to his leadership of the New Life Church, and not his heterosexuality, which he has never rescinded.
  4. Savage Love: How'd That Happen?! by Dan Savage (Mar 25, 1999). The story of another "200% straight" guy.
  5. Proverbs 30:5
  6. ABC News
  7. Haggard says he is "completely heterosexual"
  8. Haggard's website on his new career
  9. Los Angeles Times
  10. CBS News
  11. In Jesus Camp, the documentary film, Haggard mocks the young Levi in this fashion.
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmMv0ceWTVQ
  13. John Coulthart, Gay for God, Nov. 3, 2006.
  14. Noel Black, Ted Haggard's Crystal Cathedral: A Visit to the Gayest Place on Earth, The Stranger.
  15. Blackshear really is quite good; in addition to standard high-camp reference points like Frank Frazetta, his work often evokes the work of decadent and Symbolist painters like Gustav KlimtWikipedia's W.svg, Fernand KhnopffWikipedia's W.svg and Pierre Puvis de ChavannesWikipedia's W.svg.