Saturday, January 24, 2009
If I saw this guy coming at me I would definitely switch teams.
Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal responsible for his downfall now extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard just as Haggard tries to become heterosexual.
Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor of the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, told the Associated Press the man came forward to church officials in late 2006 shortly after a Denver male prostitute claimed to have had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard.
Boyd said there was an “overwhelming pool of evidence” and pointed to an “inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship” that “went on for a long period of time — it wasn’t a one-time act.” Boyd said the man was in his early 20s at the time. He said he was certain the man was of legal age when it began.
Reached Friday night, Haggard declined to comment and said all interviews would have to be arranged through a publicist for HBO, which is airing a documentary about him this month.
Is HBO really airing a documentary about this guy? No wonder they’re losing subscribers. Just bring back Oz for another season. Oz was intriguing, quality drama.