COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An independent oversight board dismissed the Rev. Ted Haggard as senior pastor of the megachurch he founded, determining the influential evangelist had committed "sexually immoral conduct."
The board's decision Saturday cuts Haggard off from leadership of the 14,000-member New Life Church.
This is just so sad. Why is it that the biggest gay-bashers in our country almost always come out in some horrible scandal like this guy, or Mark Foley? The vilification of people who just want to love who they love by people who actually feel deep down in their hearts the exact same way makes me so sad.
He had resigned two days earlier as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, where he held sway in Washington and condemned homosexuality, after a Denver man claimed to have had drug-fueled trysts with him. He also placed himself on administrative leave from the New Life Church, but its Overseer Board took the stronger action Saturday.
At the risk of sound like Pollyanna I'd like to ask, can't we all just get along? Why do we have to invent reasons to hate each other? She's Mexican, she must be taking my job; he's gay, he must be a sexual deviant; they're Jewish, they must be secrectly controlling our government through the Jewish lobby.
It is all just too much.