Sunday, November 05, 2006

Evangelist Pastor in gay-sex scandal confesses to a “problem…”

Just when the Republicans were hoping the latest sex-scandal would go away, CNN are reporting tonight that evangelical Pastor Ted Haggard has admitted he's "a deceiver and a liar," and has confessed to a "lifelong sexual problem" in a letter read to his so called “megachurch” congregation.

"There is part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I've been warring against it all of my adult life," says the letter read out - after the church had been cleared of children.

Haggard is a fire and brimstone preacher who campaigns against gays from the pulpit, but was accused this week of paying a male prostitute for drugs and sex over the past three years.

Yesterday, he was sacked by his church in Colorado Springs who said their initial investigations clearly showed he was guilty of “sexually immoral conduct”.

With just 36-hours to Tuesday's crucial elections across America, the scandal couldn’t have come at a worse time for George W. and the Republicans who have been cosying up ever closer to the Christian Conservatives.

They hoped they were getting over the negative publicity which hit them following the high-profile resignation of Republican Congressman Mark Foley after his raunchy emails expressing an undue interest in a 16-year-old male page were exposed to the nation.

We will have to wait until Tuesday to see if the American people give them what they deserve.

5 comments:

Michael Oakeshott said...

So just to be clear. Some guy, who called the White House a couple of times is exposed as a hypocrite. And from this FairDealPhil, the entire Republican Party, a party endorsed by 60 millions people two years ago, is damned.

Or is this just another desperate attempt to smear a people. You really will be gutted when they hold Senate this week. And they will.

liz said...

I thought the pastor (30m supporters) was in contact with the President on a weekly basis? My difficulty is that all my reading indicates the evangelical movement has an influence on the Republican Party? They seem to have influenced the White House over policy - stem cell research, abortion etc. I personally am not surprised at the outing of this man. Many evangelists are reformed "Sinners", alcoholics, sexual deviants etc. The movement are anti gay and this is this man's downfall as he too has stated his anti gay credentials. I do not condemn the Republican movement because of this man. My concern relates to how the Presidents's religion and beliefs influences decisions. The recent book by Schroeder supports this argument.

Michael Oakeshott said...

He is an evangelist. There are 30 million evangelists in America. He didn't even make it into the top 25 leaders in a recent Newsweek survey. I believe the Democrats came up with the weekly phone call statement, no doubt aimed at gullibles like Phil. The White has said he made a couple of calls. Got any proof to the contrary?

The truth is that America is a religious country. If you believe in religion it should be the most important thing in your life. Their system simply reflects the importance of their beliefs. 30 m is a lot of people, and the overwhelming majority of them are decent law abiding people. The President is one of them, and he has never made a secret of his religion. The bigotry in the European press no doubt only serves to make them vote Republican in ever greater numbers.

fairdealphil said...

Michael:

well, well, your theory seems to have gone all pear-shaped, now the results are in.

first casualty seems to be the Defence Secretary Rumsfeld.

it wasn't fairdealphil that has condemned the Republicans...it's the American voters.

Michael Oakeshott said...

Looks like they have held the Senate, which was the main objective.

The people of America will have time to contemplate their future for the big battle in two years time. Do they follow the advice of the anti-American alliance of Al Qaeda, Iran, disenfranchised Europe and the left-wing of the Labour Party? If they do they will vote Democrat. Or do they follow the advice of the innocent people of Iraq and other foreigners who admire America and its ideals? If they do they will vote Republican.

I expect a Republican President after two years of quasi-socialists like Pelosi. The revolution continues.