Friday, November 03, 2006

Practice What You Preach

Prominent Evangelical (and "Bush ally") Ted Haggard is in trouble over allegedly "visiting" a male prostitute.

Uh-oh.

Here's what Haggard's had to say about homosexuals in the past:

Although he has called homosexuality immoral and something that "excludes one from the Kingdom of God", in his television interview he was at pains to say he has never preached anything that could be called hateful.

Luckily Haggard has clarified things. He's admitted to having visited the male prostitute but claims he did not "visit" with him. He simply got a massage and bought some meth (which he did not use!) - seems believable enough to me. Who among us haven't gotten a massage from a prostitute and bought some meth we simply threw away in the past? I know I routinely spend thousands of dollars on drugs I don't use. Why must we all be so quick to condemn this man who has never rushed to condemn others in the past?

13 Comments:

  • It appears he only "knows him" (in the biblical sense).

    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 4:26 PM  

  • He's just being social. He could buy the meth but not use it.

    Me, I like to have a little bit of meth on hand for when guests are over. It's hospitable. Coffee? Tea? Hard drugs?

    A totally plausible story.

    By Blogger Optimus, at 4:40 PM  

  • This guy deserves everything he is about to get.

    What a hypocrite.

    By Blogger Joe_Canada, at 4:40 PM  

  • I kinfd of respect the Family Values espoused by the average Republican, but I find
    A few things wrong
    - Certainly hypocritical to say one thing and do the opposite.
    - Seems to be a pattern of people hiding in the Republican party with obvoiously opposing actions.
    I have to wonder if the party is expected to provides a "cover' for their indiscretion? Or if they are simply real jerks of society trying to fit in somewhere. Certainly Dems / (or Libs in Canada) are not immune. What is too bad is when we paint the entire party with the same brush

    By Blogger davey, at 5:02 PM  

  • Yeah but if you don't publically rip on gay people it's not such a big deal if you go to a male prostitute.

    By Blogger Shawn, at 5:47 PM  

  • Check out some of the artwork that decorates his church.

    http://aycu31.webshots.com/image/6590/2002795184331941194_rs.jpg

    I've seen gay porn that's less homoerotic.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 6:04 PM  

  • This story is so gay.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 6:49 PM  

  • Jason, there's a great t-shirt you can buy around here that we should send the good reverend.

    It says, "Does this **** in my mouth make me look gay?"

    (The T-shirt isn't censored)

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 7:13 PM  

  • Certainly the hypocrite, if it's proven true.

    I liked this quote below, although it could border on hate:

    “I always thought Christian Evangelicals were c_ _ k suckers, but not in the Biblical sense.”
    -- A livejournal blogger on the Evangelical Gay S*x scandal. (Source Eteraz)

    By Blogger mezba, at 7:45 PM  

  • Heh heh, that's funny, Reality.

    If anyone is interested, I just posted this at Red Tory, re: crystal meth.

    I've never used crystal meth - ever, and I never would. I've been pressed to - but no way Jose.

    It's a very common party drug - it makes you uninhibited and so people apparently have quite a lot of unsafe sex on it. Two problems: unsafe sex is bad, and studies show crystal meth actually increases HIV replication by a very sizable amount (and I'm too lazy to bother googling, sorry).

    Anyone recall that guy last or last last year in NYC that was resistant to every HIV drug therapy routine? Who developed AIDS at an astounding rate (virtually 'overnight', and claimed to have had sex with, I believe, hundreds of others? Crystal Meth city, kids.

    Same time, I knew someone in Toronto, incidentally, picture of health, who disappeared for 5 or so months, and then was suddenly dead of AIDS. Never knew the details, apparently he never allowed a single person into his room to visit. I didn't know it when he was alive, but crystal meth was a big thing for him, too.

    Crystal meth, aka 'tina' or 't', makes you have sex for - literally - up to 20 or more hours. I've heard of 30 hours before, but maybe they were just saying that, i don't know.

    You may want to skip this next part:

    *********************************
    I read an article once in which the author described having sex on crystal meth for hours and hours and hours, "until my dick was raw and red and bleeding but I just couldn't stop".
    *********************************


    Um, ew.

    On a sidenote, it's a big problem in rural areas - I know a couple people who are or have been seriously, seriously hooked on it - it is seiously life-destroying.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 7:59 PM  

  • Well he's probably done more for the cause of gay rights in the US now than the majority of gay rights activists. Inadvertantly of course but this is good news.

    Eventualy more and more (but never all) of these people are going to realize that their dogma just doesn't jive with reality. A man who they admired and respected turns out to be gay.

    The left shouldn't be throwing stones at this man we should be feeling sorry for him.

    By Blogger Jose, at 7:06 AM  

  • Sorry, but there's no reason to feel sorry for him.

    While many people spend time in the closet, sometimes even their entire lives, that does not excuse them using their position to attack other gay people.

    People like Ian Scott, Scott Brison, Réal Menard and Svend Robinson spent much (all in Ian Scott's case) of their political careers in the closet and not only didn't attack their own people, they worked diligently to further their equality.

    There are many others who, like a current federal cabinet minister, don't really do anything to help gay people, but do nothing directly to hurt them either.

    Then there are people like Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn, J. Edgar Hoover, Mark Foley and Ted Haggard who used the closet as a safe refuge from which to brutally attack their own people.

    They do not deserve our pity. They deserve the contempt with which they treated others.

    Haggard may eventually decide to come out and atone for the harm he's spent his entire life trying to do to gays and lesbians, but until such time he remains what he's always been - a contemptible bigot.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 9:29 AM  

  • I for one can't wait until Stockwell Day anal sex escapedes around the seedy back ally's of Ottawa is made public. Or maybe Kate from Small Dead Animanl will be outed as the giant carpet munching, meth smoking dyke that rural Sask. is so known for.

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 5:31 PM  

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