Thursday :: Nov 2, 2006

Powerful Evangelical Pastor With White House Ties Facing Scandal Charges

by Steve

Another possible black eye for the evangelical movement:

A gay man and admitted male escort claims he has had an ongoing sexual relationship with a well-known Evangelical pastor from Colorado Springs.
Mike Jones told 9 Wants to Know Investigative Reporter Paula Woodward he has had a "sexual business" relationship with Pastor Ted Haggard for the past three years.
Haggard is the founder and senior leader of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The church has 14,000 members.
He is also president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that represents millions of people.

Haggard is one of the most influential evangelical pastors in the country, and has close, ongoing communication with the White House. I wonder if he knows Jeff Gannon?

As for Jones, he claims to have voicemails and a letter from Haggard, and that he has witnessed Haggard use methamphetamines. Haggard will submit to a polygraph on Friday to prove his story.

Hat tip to John at Americablog

Update: Haggard just resigned. Hmmm, maybe there was something to this story after all......

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