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Disgraced Girly Boy Haggard Tries to Take All Gays With Him

Monday, November 06 2006 @ 02:54 PM CST

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Ted Haggard: Being Gay is 'so repulsive and dark'

It was only a massage?

BBSNews Commentary 2006-11-05 -- In a self-serving statement read by another to the congregation at the New Life Church Ted Haggard created, the former evangelical leader seems more worried about the effect on him than others, and he takes a shot at all gays, trying to lump them in with his deceitful, lying behavior.

He goes on to use the term "repulsive" to describe being gay and he claims that being gay is somehow related to dirt:

"I am a deceiver and a liar. There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life. For extended periods of time, I would enjoy victory and rejoice in freedom. Then, from time to time, the dirt that I thought was gone would resurface, and I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach."

One suspects that the folks at NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) will get a boost from Haggard's claim about being able to repress his homosexuality and actually "rejoice" in it. What a piece of work. This man actively worked to discriminate against gays across the country and in Colorado, then cheated on his wife and enjoyed meth as a sex enhancement, and now he has the gall to tar all gays with his sickness of being a great big liar for his entire adult life.

He also said in his statement that he didn't even have the guts to read himself from the pulpit:

"The public person I was wasn’t a lie; it was just incomplete."

Well you got that right Haggard. You could not reveal that you are gay because then you would have no "public" to deceive with your lies. Certainly not American evangelicals who are taught from the pulpit that being gay is a horrible sin and they will burn in hellfire forever unless they get enough Jesus to stop that horrible gayness.

While not quite admitting that everything was true in the allegations that have surfaced so far, Haggard does indeed admit that he committed "sexual immorality" and wierdly, the "overseers" of the church he founded have summoned forth the best and the vilest of deceivers to counsel him and make him right again:

"Our church's overseers have required me to submit to the oversight of Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, and Pastor Tommy Barnett. Those men will perform a thorough analysis of my mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical life. They will guide me through a program with the goal of healing and restoration for my life, my marriage, and my family."

James Dobson? What is Dobson going to do, have Haggard bend over and give him a bare-bottomed spanking with a substantial paddle until he beats the gayness out of him? What will it take for the right-wing in America to realize that being gay is something one is born with and no matter what "therapy" or "counseling" is tried, the gayness will not go away? It's not going to happen and the American Psychological Association (APA) says that interventions by those such as NARTH may in fact be harmful from 2000:

"Recent publicized efforts to repathologize homosexuality by claiming that it can be cured are often guided not by rigorous scientific or psychiatric research, but sometimes by religious and political forces opposed to full civil rights for gay men and lesbians."

And from their position statement two years earlier in 1998:

"Several major professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all made statements against reparative therapy because of concerns for the harm caused to patients. The American Psychiatric Association has already taken clear stands against discrimination, prejudice and unethical treatment on a variety of issues including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation."

In other words, trying to make someone not gay is bunk, it will not work, it may be harmful to try, and the need for some of these people to insist on trying is based upon religious based prejudice and hatred.

Eight states including Colorado have some form of initiative against equal rights for gay people in the form of marriage. No religion would ever be forced to marry a gay, they don't have to be involved at all. A justice of the peace or a judge would be perfectly acceptable, but these people are so driven by the likes of the fallen Ted Haggard and the still gay hating James Dobson that they will try and deny basic rights to people they simply dislike. There is no rational explanation for this behavior. There is no "protection" of "traditional marriage." This is a huge scam being perpetuated by close-minded people who themselves are being revealed again and again as gay themselves. But since they have been so repressed by their brand of religion they hate themselves, they repress the sexuality they were born with, and they project this hatred onto others with ballot initiatives that would enshrine discrimination against gays into various laws and States constitutions.

At this point, an exit poll of people who vote in favor of these initiatives would reveal people who have been brainwashed into bigotry against gays. Nothing more, nothing less. Thousands of gay marriages have been performed in Massachussetts with no effect on any heterosexual marriage or any religion whatsoever.

It's time that evangelicals start facing the facts from the reality they have before them and the experts at the APA, the effort against gays by evangelicals is based upon their religion and while evangelicals are entitled to their own opinions, they do not have the ability to change reality. Ted Haggard was on a pedestle among them, and he has fallen not because he is gay, but because of his lies and deceit of his family and the congreagation he has misled.

All of the initiatives should be seen for what they are, a cruel device to keep equal rights from people that are being persecuted by a religion driven contituency that simply hates gay people. It is not about protecting marriage, these initiatives are about keeping equal rights from gay people.

Plain and simple, a vote in favor of these marriage initiatives is a vote to discriminate against a community's own citizens.


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