You all have heard about the bizareness related to Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (well, make that former president) and pastor of the New Life Church megachurch in Colorado Springs. He has been accused of having a encounters with a male prostitue in Denver for the past 3 years.
There's a lot to question, of course - the timing would be the first thing, coming as it does less than a week before an election in which a marriage amendment is on the ballot. Second is the sketchiness of the accuser's evidence. However - there's this from late last night:
Haggard denied the allegations made by Denver resident Mike Jones, and so far no conclusive evidence has verififed the claims. But KKTV reported late Thursday that acting senior pastor Ross Parsley said Haggard has admitted to some of the indiscretions. He did not say what Haggard admitted to, the station said.
“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 told the Colorado Springs station.
Who knows. There's no point in commenting on the specifics until the truth is known. But what I will comment on is this, sent to me by a Tampa Bay resident: the channel 10 story about Haggard on their website. The graphic accompanying the story?
Sorry guys. That is not this:
I've written, the reader who passed it on has written. Graphic is still up.
The webmaster's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: It's been changed - to this:
So...why can't they just put a photo of Haggard up there?
Anyway, a minor matter. To keep up with covering of the coverage, keep your eyes on Get Religion, through which we find this link to a missive sent out on the New LIfe listserv from the church:
Since that time, the board of overseers has met with Pastor Ted. It is important for you to know that he confessed to the overseers that some of the accusations against him are true. He has willingly and humbly submitted to the authority of the board of overseers, and will remain on administrative leave during the course of the investigation.