Investigation Finds Rev. Ted Haggard Hit on Men in Congregation

Earlier this month, Rev. Tim Ralph, one of the ministers charged with degayifying self-hating homo evangelist Ted Haggard announced that Haggard had been completely cured, and anyway, he only had sex with the gay prostitute and no one else:

We have verified the reality of that struggle through numerous individuals who reported to us firsthand knowledge of everything from sordid conversation to overt suggestions to improper activities to improper relationships.

In investigating Haggard’s assertion that his extramarital sexual contact was limited to former male escort Mike Jones, the board talked to people close to Haggard and found no evidence contradicting him, Ralph said.

“If we’re going to be proved wrong, somebody else is going to come forward, and that usually happens really quickly,” he said. “We’re into this thing over 90 days, and it hasn’t happened.”

Well, Rev. Tim, it has now. The people in charge at Haggard’s former mega-church have done what they say is a “reality verification” on their former leader, and it appears Ted may need further degayification:

“[We] have done extensive fact-finding into his lifelong battle with a ‘dark side’ which he said in his confession letter has been a struggle for years,” Pastor Larry Stockstill, part of the church’s board of overseers, told the 14,000-member congregation Sunday.

“We have verified the reality of that struggle through numerous individuals who reported to us firsthand knowledge of everything from sordid conversation to overt suggestions to improper activities to improper relationships. These findings established a pattern of behavior that culminated in the final relationship in which Ted was, as a matter of grace, caught,” he said.

Stockstill did not elaborate…

None needed. Ted was perving on men in his church, and even leading some of them astray. Looks like Pastor Ted has a lot more gay to pray away.


  • lmwilker
    February 21, 2007 - 11:48 am | Permalink

    I just heard the other day that Ted Haggard’s old Church is still paying him a year’s salary to the tune of in excess of $130,000.00 a year. Gues you can’t just stop the Meth and male prositutes cold turkey.

  • Clear Mind
    February 21, 2007 - 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey folks, Jesus might have been gay. Good chance Joseph was. Mary got poked by someone and it wasn’t supernatural. What century are we in? I am so sick of religion in any form. It is the refuge of the mentally ill, fakes, frauds, hypocrits, and fools. Oh but, you say it teaches morality. Yeah sure…this is a perfect example.

    February 22, 2007 - 7:01 am | Permalink

    I’m with you all the way Clear Mind.And in fact support the outlawing of organized religion due to the fact that it has been a thorn in the side of intellectual advancement since time immemorial.I’m pretty certain that Jesus Christ did exist,but i’m almost as certain that he was just a really decent individual and that some whackjob came along and sugggested he was the son of god.And we all know what happens when someone starts a rumor now don’t we?I want to puke i’m so tired of these peoples crap.

  • February 22, 2007 - 7:24 am | Permalink

    Clear Mind, don’t forget that Joseph and Mary had several children after Jesus was born, so I doubt very much that Joseph was gay. I also doubt that Jesus was gay – he was a rabbi as is clear from the Gospels, and no man could become a rabbi unless he was married. So there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus was married, most likely to Mary Magdalen.

  • MO
    February 22, 2007 - 7:25 am | Permalink

    Although I do not participate I do not hate religion. I just hate the hypocracy and intolerance of the “faithful”.
    I have actually met TWO people in my life that live up to what they say a christian should be.

  • Lescoeurs
    February 22, 2007 - 7:51 am | Permalink

    The entirety of “Christianity” is based on the fraud of the Council of Nicea, a confab put together by Constantine so he could manipulate the growing Christian population to fight his wars and pay his taxes(hey ! Like today). Everything that has transpired since is corrupted by definition because the foundation is cosmically flawed. What we are left with is the buffoonery we see today. Who knows what Jesus REALLY thought. That has been lost to antiquity. All we are left with is Constantine’s watered down account, The New Testament.

  • torvenman
    February 22, 2007 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    I resent Ponder’s statement that “Ted was PERVING on men in his church.” What the hell does “perving” mean? It’s homophobic to equate a homosexual come-on to another adult, even an inappropriate, unwanted one, with being a pervert. Haggard is a sick hypocrite but equating a homosexual come-on with perversion is sick on Ponder’s part.

  • Joe Hill
    February 22, 2007 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    I resent Ponder’s statement that “Ted was PERVING on men in his church.”

    Me, too, Torvenman. I sometimes wonder if even those on “our” side actually ‘get it’.

    Haggard’s ‘sins’ were Self-Hatred and Hypocrisy. Given his up-bringing and the milieu in which he operated, both of his shortcomings are understandable at the same time that they’re reprehensible.

    It’s a tragic reality that religion can wreak such havoc on the human psyche. Haggard is more to be pities than laughed at.

  • Madison
    February 22, 2007 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Guys – Lighten up. “Perv” means to direct unwanted salacious attention to another person. Has nothing to do with being gay.

    February 22, 2007 - 10:52 am | Permalink

    What i’d like to know, is how any rational being can continue to listen to the likes of Haggard,Dobson,Falwell or any of these other rich warmongering cretins?Have they no minds of their own?Must they have these creeps speak for them even though they may disagree?They must be isolated and then eliminated from the public forum,for there only claim to fame is hatred and intolerance.I thought these were two of the things that religion was supposed to oppose.Crazy me.

  • Lorie S. Hawkins
    February 22, 2007 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    Whatever the case maybe; this hypocrite and sinful man has been exposed. There are some folk that are true believers. People like Ted give them a bad name. His sins, and wrongdoing is now in the light for the entire world to see.

  • Reality
    February 22, 2007 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    Vierotchka’s comment “I also doubt that Jesus was gay – he was a rabbi as is clear from the Gospels, and no man could become a rabbi unless he was married.” belies a falsehood “If you’re married you aren’t gay” Married men come out of the closet everyday. Many others, married men, practice gay sex without their wives knowing…

  • will
    February 22, 2007 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Lescoeurs is right. Think about it. If homosexuality is a “darkness that [Haggard has] been fighting all [his] life” as a senior pastor in a faith dependent on spirituality and its miracles, wouldn’t you reckon that that faith is completely worthless? Indeed, it’s obviously dangerous–particularly to the higher-ups in the foal.

  • mikhail
    February 23, 2007 - 2:35 am | Permalink

    Why are christians so obsessed with other peoples obsessed with sex, gender and genitals…really, don’t they worry about real stuff , like poverty, famine, environmental degradation, war and pestilence, the rich gettting richer and the poor getting more destitute.

    Why do they get so obessed with homosexuals, claiming it is a threat to the family ..HOW? if your husband runs off with the hussy next door, how can it be the fault of gays/lesbians? How can gays/lesbians be responsible for 50% divorce rate ( incidentally highest divorce are in the bible belt ha ha ).

    If your son does drug and your daughter gets laid while on booze – how is that the fault of gays/lesbians. Christians historically sought out scape-goats..they used to blame Jews, then blacks, then gypsies , then women and now since it is no longer fashionable to blame jews or blacks etc, they have to pick on vulnerable minorities like gays and lesbians.

    Hitler did not kill 6 million jews in a vacuum. Centuries of marginalization and denigration and demonizing of jews as Jesus killer enable common german citizens to exercise false moral authority in killing jews. In like fashion centuries of demonizing and denigration of homosexuals embolden wicked and otherwise morally bankrupt ‘straight’ bigots to descrimiaate and do violence to gay and lesbian and other sexual minorities .

    Furthermore picking on a scape-goat makes christians feel superior and ‘saved’. Denigrating others is easier than exercising love,charity and compassion which is actually the most basic teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Sadly Christians hardly practise the most important commandemt of Jesus ie. Love God then immediately love your neighbour as yourself ( be he/she gay or staight).


    mikhail – a child of the Universe

  • mikhail
    March 4, 2007 - 5:02 am | Permalink

    Evangelicals and christians in general tend to be so obsessed with sex, gender and genitals to the point that you would think that morality = sex and nothing more. Why I suppose in an evangelical’s mind a heterosexual drug dealer is ‘morally’ superior to a gay philanthropist. Christians in general are guilty of being self righteous and are constantly pretending to ‘love the sinner but hate the sin ‘ as if they can really do that -hah.!!!

    May I remind them that the oft repeated mantra of the modern pharasees ‘ love the sinner but not the sin’ is not a quote from Jesus , but a glib semantic invention of some self righteous baptist minister.

    Careful scholars of biblical texts who are familiar with the intricacies of ancient oriental languages are wont to not read their bias into isolated quotations.

    Jesus had no problems with gays ( natural eunuchs born of the mother’s womb). If you are anti-gay or condemnatory of gay people than you are out of sync with Jesus.

    This is what Jesus said:

    KJV Matthew 19:12
    12. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

    No less an authority than Jesus said it is o.k. to be gay, and for you to accept it. Who do you wish to follow – Jesus (of Nazareth) or Jerry (Falwell).

    For more detail discussion of this biblical position on the acceptance of gay people by no less an authority than JESUS – THE SON OF GOD , I refer you to this link :

    Mikhail – a child of the intelligent Universe

  • Crystal
    March 5, 2007 - 1:35 am | Permalink

    I just got laid off on February 27, this past Tuesday from NEW LIFE CHURCH. Becaue the church is paying Teds $130,000 Salary for 2007 they have had to lay off quite a few people.

    If we weren’t paying him all of this money, people who worked there and weren’t the ones lying and deceiving the church would have been able to keep their jobs.

    But no, we are going to pay TED the one who lied to us all, deceived us all and was the one who did somthing WRONG.

    As a pastor he never had to pay for his cars or his house (and he has a huge house with a pool and maids) and he got that 130k salary not to mention all the money he made from his books.

    This is wrong, its all wrong, he has ruined many peoples lives. He has left many people jobless and hurt. I hate New Life church and I am glad that God freed me from that place.

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