would you buy insurance from this man?

images-1The former pastor of New Life Church, Ted Haggard, is back in all our lives, but not because of another meth-addled, male prostitution sex scandal. Once the leader of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals, Haggard fell from grace after his extracurricular sexual activities became oh-so-public. These days he’s pitching insurance and dipping his toes back into the world of preaching. Unfortunately he’s now blaming his sexuality on abuse he suffered as a child. 

I’m going to take Haggard at his word about his abuse. I’m sure some out there will see Haggard’s admission as a cynical ploy to garner sympathy and a way to offer up a socially acceptable “excuse” for why he lied to his wife and visited a hustler on numerous occasions. Be that as it may…

…no one can deny the profound impact that kind of horror has on a young boy, but to suggest the only reason he had gay liaisons in his 50’s was because of what happened to him four decades prior is an insult to all the other victims of abuse trying to create healthy sexual identities for themselves. Expect to hear more from Haggard soon–he was too big and too successful not to give public life another shot. A second gay sex scandal is sure to be close behind.


1 Response to “would you buy insurance from this man?”

  1. 1 Cam
    November 24, 2008 at 8:16 am

    And I’m sure that the abuse also caused him to lie to his wife, and the abuse also caused him to hire a male hustler, and the abuse also caused him to not use protection and to put his wife indanger of contracting any number of diseases, and the abuse caused him to lie when he was confronted with this and……

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