Sunday, November 05, 2006

Beating his own breast

According to Wolf Blitzer, speaking today on his CNN program "Late Edition," the Rev. Ted Haggard, just fired as pastor of the 14,000-member New Life Church he founded in Colorado Springs, has declared himself "a liar and deceiver" who has "committed sexual immorality."

Haggard's story has changed several times since self-described "escort" Mike Jones alleged a sex-for-money relationship with Haggard, a prominent anti-gay activist, and religious-right adviser to President George W. Bush. First he denied knowing Jones, then he said he got a massage from Jones and bought meth from him, but did not have sex with him. Today's less specific admissions would seem to indicate otherwise.

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The lady doth protest
Elizabeth Dole on the Double-talk Express

Watching Elizabeth Dole, once an admirable figure, slide ever deeper into the pit of prevarication in her role as chair of the Republican National Senatorial Campaign Committee, is deeply discomfiting. Today on "Meet the Press," Dole called the Democratic candidate from Tennessee, Harold Ford, Jr., a supporter of gay marriage -- a charge that is (unfortunately) untrue. Then she called Ford's representation of himself as a moderate conservative -- which he clearly is -- "one of the greatest political frauds ever perpetrated."

How sad to see a political pioneer -- once an inspirational figure to a generation of women -- behave with such despicable dishonesty.

(Oh, yeah, and she also defended the racist "Harold, call me" ad run by Republican National Committee.)

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Heartsick homophobe

A press release from our friends at Focus on the Family:

Dr. James Dobson 'Heartsick' Over Haggard Allegations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Nov. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James C. Dobson, Ph.D., issued the following statement today after learning the Rev. Ted Haggard had acknowledged some "indiscretions" involving accusations made against him by a gay prostitute in Denver:

"All of us at Focus on the Family are heartsick over the allegation, not yet confirmed, that Ted has had a private life with a homosexual for several years. We will await the outcome of this story, but the possibility that an illicit relationship has occurred is alarming to us and to millions of others.

"Ted has been my close friend and colleague for many years. He has been used mightily to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Colorado Springs and around the world. He will continue to be my friend, even if the worst allegations prove accurate. Nevertheless, sexual sin, whether homosexual or heterosexual, has serious consequences and we are extremely concerned for Ted, his family and his church.

"We ask that the Focus on the Family constituency and Christians everywhere pray for Ted and his loved ones. Our hearts go out to all of them. Perhaps the allegations are false and the circumstances are not as we have heard. Either way, the situation has grave implications for the Cause of Christ and we ask for the Lord's guidance and blessings in the days ahead."
Your blogstress obviously lacks any inside knowledge of the "Cause of Christ," but she does know this about Jesus of Nazareth: There is no record of him ever having said one thing, for or against, homosexuality. Perhaps the soldiers of the Cause will find solace in turning their attention to those things that Jesus actually did address: poverty and hypocrisy.

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