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Church Overseers to Ted Haggard: Get a Job

HaggardYou may remember that last week deposed New Life pastor Ted Haggard sent an email to supporters asking for their financial support in order that he and his wife obtain degrees in psychology and counseling as they moved into the Phoenix Dream Center halfway house.

Overseers at New Life Church were stunned at Haggard's request and released a statement that Haggard's actions were a no-go: "Mr. Haggard's solicitation for personal support was inappropriate. It was never the intention of the Dream Center that Mr. Haggard would provide any counsel or other ministry. Mr. Haggard will not be moving in or working with the Dream Center. He will not be doing any ministry. He will be seeking secular employment to support himself and his family."

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  1. Brilliant!

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 30, 2007 11:19:47 AM

  2. I heard the "Chute" in PHX was hiring.

    Posted by: JHT | Aug 30, 2007 11:22:14 AM

  3. What an asshat loser.

    Posted by: Wes | Aug 30, 2007 11:25:21 AM

  4. Too right! The church's money should only go to hypocrites who have the intelligence to keep their transgressions out of the public eye!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Aug 30, 2007 11:28:57 AM

  5. Ahh that would be called a Smackdown Ted. Good luck on the job hunt.

    Posted by: Hoya86 | Aug 30, 2007 11:32:29 AM

  6. The other leaches didn't like the light this leach was allwoing to be shiend upon them all by his being so leach like.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 30, 2007 11:35:48 AM

  7. Maybe he could become a rent-boy

    Posted by: ELI | Aug 30, 2007 11:44:37 AM

  8. SNAP!

    Poor dear. Must be difficult having to make an honest living for a change. If he and his wife want to return to school, go for it. There are plenty of student loan options available... at least there were before he helped facilitate the recent Republican federal government...

    Karma's a bitch, Ted.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 30, 2007 12:04:38 PM

  9. Wow. Isn't there something in that Bible of theirs about forgiveness?

    Posted by: Roscoe | Aug 30, 2007 12:06:41 PM

  10. Im sure there is Roscoe, but since when does forgiveness include supporting somebody through college?

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 30, 2007 12:16:23 PM

  11. Religion is a racket and I don't know how many stories like this it will take for people to comprehend this simple fact.

    Posted by: ReasonBased | Aug 30, 2007 12:57:17 PM


    I guess that's the least offensive, politest way for a church to say "go suck it, boyfriend."

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 30, 2007 1:15:57 PM

  13. Yeah, the Bible does teach about forgiveness. It also teaches about repentance. To my knowledge, Ted Haggard hasn't asked gays and lesbians to forgive him, probably because he doesn't consider it sinful to advocate hatred and animosity toward us. I, for one, feel no sense of responsibility to forgive Ted Haggard.

    It should also be mentioned that even if he repented for his hateful behavior and asked for (and received) our forgiveness, it would not justify the weird money-grubbing scheme that he concocted.

    Posted by: Brian | Aug 30, 2007 1:32:38 PM

  14. Hear, hear, Reasonbased!

    Posted by: Michael W. | Aug 30, 2007 2:28:21 PM

  15. he has no sense of shame.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 30, 2007 4:28:11 PM

  16. So weird... Never knew that a man doing god's work needed to study human education. He should talk to god, whom I'm sure had all the answers about psychology and counselling, since god created human and all.

    Posted by: Alfred | Aug 30, 2007 6:26:22 PM

  17. Finally, someone calls the hypocrite for what he is and says enough!!!! I actually agree with the church and that does not happen very often. He's never had a secular job before so what skills does he possess? I just wonder how much longer his "wife" is going to stand by her man. For that matter, why is "God's Church" not standing by Haggard as he has been "healed of his homosexuality"! Whatever...

    Get a job, get a life and stop trying to take from the stupid...I mean faithful followers that still believe that you are straight!!! L-O-S-E-R

    Posted by: RB | Aug 30, 2007 7:45:57 PM

  18. More proof that preachers are the huckster, con men, leeches of society making everyone who is stupid enough to follow them bat shit crazy.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Aug 30, 2007 8:23:41 PM

  19. This jack-ass doesn't need a job, he has a $700,000 house here in Colorado Springs he can sell! I guess he just wants to spend as much time with his new sex offender boss, Paul Huberty, as he can. You gotta read the hole story. Check it out at
    The news coverage here has been pretty good about digging up all the fun details.

    Posted by: Scot | Sep 1, 2007 5:04:44 AM

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