Friday, November 03, 2006

Finding out who his friends are
Rev. Ted Haggard poster boy of shame

Rev. Ted Haggard, the anti-gay, religious right leader who yesterday resigned the presidency of the National Association of Evangelicals under the cloud of allegations -- which blog afficionados read here first -- that he paid a male prostitute for sex, is about to learn who his friends are.

So far, Dr. James Dobson, king of the Focus on the Family media empire, is standing by his man, according to the Rocky Mountain News:

"Ted Haggard is a friend of mine, and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday's election," especially the marriage amendment vote [a Colorado ballot initiative to be voted on this Tuesday], Dobson said in a release.
With the marriage initiative at stake, it seems that Dobson was able to set aside his differences with Haggard with regard to global warming, which Haggard thinks evangelicals should battle.

The Rev. Jerry Falwell, on the other hand, offers Haggard no solace, demeaning the troubled pastor last night on CNN, as quoted in The Guardian:
"He (Haggard) doesn't really lead the (evangelical) movement. ... He is the president of an association that is very loosely knit and I've never been a member of it."

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