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Leading pastor resigns over gay sex scandal

Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and senior pastor at the massive New Life Church, resigned from his post when he was outed by male prostitute Mike Jones. Haggard denied that he was a homosexual. Reuters, Evangelical leader resigns over sex scandal:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The president of the U.S. National Association of Evangelicals, who has had regular talks with the White House and vocally opposes gay marriage, resigned on Thursday after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a male escort.

Ted Haggard, who denied the accusation, also temporarily stepped down as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, the church said in a statement.

"I've never had a gay relationship with anyone," Haggard said in an interview with Denver television station KUSA on Wednesday night. "I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife."

The New Life Church statement quoted Haggard as saying he could "not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations."

"I am voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity. I hope to be able to discuss this matter in more detail at a later date," the church statement quoted Haggard as saying.

Mike Jones, who said he was a male escort, told KUSA on Wednesday he had had a three-year sexual "business relationship" with Haggard.
Resignations over sex scandals almost always imply guilt. A person who didn't bang a male prostitute for three years wouldn't drop their entire career. These types of resignations are an attempt to draw media attention away from the scandal and cut losses. "Cut and run" so to speak. Mike Jones, the male prostitute who made the allegations, also stated he had physical evidence of Haggard's homosexual trysts which include "pretty damning" voicemails. The world will have to wait for further confirmation, if it exists, of Haggard's alleged homosexual affairs. Right now, however, Haggard is acting like a guilty man.

Ted Haggard has a long history of homophobia, including lobbying for discriminatory legislation against homosexuals. What's ironic is that homophobes like Haggard are often closet homosexuals. The reason they become homophobic is due to clinical self-hatred. All one has to do is look at the homosexual sex scandals in the Republican Party or the Christian clergy to confirm this.

UPDATE: Reuters, Evangelical America hit by gay sex scandal:

Haggard, who has publicly denied the accusation, also temporarily stepped down as senior pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

But the acting senior pastor at New Life Church, Ross Parsley, told Colorado Springs-based KKTV late on Thursday that Haggard had admitted to some of the allegations.

"There has been some admission of indiscretion, not admission to all of the material that has been discussed, but there is an admission of some guilt," Parsley said.

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