Friday, January 9, 2009

Ted Haggard "This Sex Shit Is Confusing"

At this stage in my life, I'm a loser — a first-class loser,"


Speaking out two years after being embroiled in a gay sex scandal, former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said Friday his sexual identity is complex and can't be put into "stereotypical boxes," but that his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Haggard did not rule out a return to public life or the pulpit. He spoke before he appeared before TV critics in Los Angeles to promote "The Trials of Ted Haggard," an HBO documentary on Haggard's exile after his confession to "sexual immorality" and fall as a top evangelical leader.

"I am guilty. I am responsible," Haggard, 52, said Friday in a phone interview. "I got off track, and I am deeply sorry and I repent ... I'm moving along in a positive direction."

Haggard resigned as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 2006 amid allegations that he paid a male prostitute for sex and used methamphetamine.

In a written apology at the time, Haggard confessed to a long battle against feelings contrary to his beliefs and admitted buying the drugs but said he never used them.

During a guest sermon last November at a friend's church in Illinois, Haggard said a co-worker of his father molested him when he was 7, an experience that "started to produce fruit" later. Clarifying that Friday, Haggard said: "I'm certainly not saying that because of that, I did this. I did what I did by my choice, and I'm responsible for it."

Haggard said he isn't qualified to judge what factors into one's sexuality, but still believes it's "God's perfect plan" for marriage to be between a man and woman.

"I think sexuality is confusing and complex," Haggard said. "I am totally completely satisfied with the relationship with my wife now, but I went through a wandering in the wilderness time, and I just thank God I'm on the other side of that."

Asked whether he could define his sexual identity, Haggard said: "The stereotypical boxes don't work for me. My story's got some gray areas in it. And, of course, I'm sad about that but it's the reality."

4 comments:

theroachman said...

That Church of the Snakes is looking for new Leaders. They hire new people every few months or so. Not sure why the high turn over there?

Ralph said...

BOTH RAPTURE-READY CHURCHES AND THE GOP HAD BETTER WAKE UP AND REALIZED THAT PIAPS' DEMLIB OPERATIVES AND CLANDESTINE JESUITS HAVE INFILITRATED THEIR ORGANIZATIONS AND ARE NOW REACHING THE HIGHEST LEVELS!!!!

HEY, PRO-AMERICANS!!!! CLEAN HOUSE!!!!

Count Istvan said...

Ralph are you confused by your sexuality as well?

godzilla104 said...

Are you kidding Count? With all the porn he's published its obvious that ralph is a lesbian.

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