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Ted Haggard has made his "groundbreaking announcement"

Beliefnet reports:

"...the Haggards are starting a new ministry, called St. James Church. During his press conference at his Colorado Springs home, surrounded by his family, Haggard said his new church's theme would be to 'help other people go through the difficult times in their lives.' Everyone will be welcome: Democrat, Republican, gay, straight, addicts, tall, short, etc...Haggard said that he doesn't expect St. James to become another megachurch, but 'helping one is better than helping none.' The church's name comes from the Bible's book of James, which emphasizes good works along with faith; Haggard said it stems from the 'tangible form' of love and help that his family received after his fall from grace."


TPM reports: "Referring to the scandal as 'the crash,' Haggard noted that since it happened, 'I don't judge people anymore.' However, he did emphasize that there will be no gay marriages performed in his church, because 'God's ideal plan for a marriage is the union of a man and a woman.' Haggard added that it's also 'God's ideal that all of us have our weight under control,' but that doesn't always happen."

Also, a few live tweets from the Wonk Room:


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  1. How long will it be before he's discovered with a dick in his mouth or up his butt, again?

    Posted by: Cybearsage | Jun 2, 2010 1:28:36 PM

  2. People are stupid enough to follow him. Seriously...think people, think.

    Posted by: Bosie | Jun 2, 2010 1:35:20 PM

  3. And no one showed up in droves...

    Posted by: Brad | Jun 2, 2010 1:38:11 PM

  4. It's inclusive to gays so long as you not act gay, talk gay, or ask for equality, and as long as you work to give up your sinful lifestyle and try to become straight.

    That's the only way these people will be "inclusive".

    But seriously, what gay in his or her right mind would even patronise a church of his (or any other conservative evangelical sect?)

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 2, 2010 1:39:48 PM

  5. Who is he trying to appeal to?

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 2, 2010 1:41:48 PM

  6. Georgie "Rent boy Customer" Rekers and Larry "Foot tapping" Craigee are rushing to sign up to this "church"!

    Posted by: FunMe | Jun 2, 2010 1:47:22 PM

  7. I'm so glad this story has a happy ending.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 2, 2010 1:52:42 PM

  8. Well ... at least he's trying to show he's changed. I hope something good comes from this.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jun 2, 2010 1:53:11 PM

  9. So, why is no one scratching their head and saying, "what the hell do 'short' and 'tall' have to do with this list?" Is it because we get that these things, like sexual orientation, aren't anything in our control? Or is no one going to say that it's silly to believe that people go through personal difficulties based on height relative to a statistical norm?

    Posted by: A | Jun 2, 2010 1:53:23 PM

  10. If you are delusional enough to believe in an invisible man in the sky controlling your fate, you are delusional enough to believe Teddy has given-up penis and returned to his fictional "Lord." Homo Nomo does not work. It won't be long before Ted is again on his knees worshiping what he really desires.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Jun 2, 2010 1:58:07 PM

  11. To these groups "inclusive" seems to mean that gay people have the right to go there and try to change their sexuality, or that they can go there and everyone will support them in their self-hatred.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 2, 2010 2:22:45 PM

  12. George Rekers is also moving to Colorado Springs to start his new ministry - Luggage Lifters for Christ.

    Posted by: aussieBum | Jun 2, 2010 2:33:09 PM

  13. Who is the hottie over his right shoulder (in other words, the guy in the upper left hand corner of the photo)?! He looks like a stud. Let's hope he gets his dad's sexual orientation with none of the hangups!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jun 2, 2010 2:33:35 PM

  14. Oh, come on. Of course it is going to be 'inclusive' when there is money to be sucked from people. Especially those who tend to have decent jobs, and few accidental spawns from a drunken night as dependents. It's ALL about the money. Like everything else

    Posted by: Gregorio | Jun 2, 2010 2:45:15 PM

  15. Yet another windbreaking announcement. I'm surprised larry "the reptile" king wasn't there with a microphone and sanitation baggy.

    Comparing gay marriage (and by implication, homosexuality) to obesity and drug addiction? They really have no interest in reason or science, reality, or ethics.

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 2, 2010 2:46:29 PM

  16. giant purple marshmellow's ideal plan for humanity was that it send me lots of money, and also, that christians aren't allowed to get married....I'd go further, but giant purple marshmellow will be very, very angry if you don't abide by his wishes (yes "his"). And I can't be held accountable for what giant purple marshmellow will do when he's enraged...look at the gulf...that was one too many christian marriages, and voila, the worst oil spill in u.s. history.

    Posted by: TANK | Jun 2, 2010 2:50:02 PM

  17. Ted's kinda cute, actually.

    I wonder if his thing curves down...

    ...that angle has always been the most inclusive for me.

    I'd sweet his tea with mint if he pays me double what Jovanni got.

    Posted by: veg | Jun 2, 2010 2:55:58 PM

  18. Pop goes the weasel!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 2, 2010 2:58:58 PM

  19. Well...I was breathlessly awaiting the surprising, exciting news that was about to be sprung on us by the Holy, Good Reverend Honest Abe Haggard! And I was NOT disappointed. He is going back in the business of conning poor people out of their money. Hallelujah!

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jun 2, 2010 3:11:54 PM

  20. "Inclusive" My ass. The man has learned nothing... those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. If he thinks a "kinder, gentler" form of bigotry constitutes inclusivity, he's more delusional than I would have imagined.

    Buckle up Ted... bumpy ride ahead.

    Posted by: JCW | Jun 2, 2010 3:27:15 PM

  21. What self-respecting gay or lesbian would go to Ted Haggard for spiritual leadership?

    Posted by: Mona | Jun 2, 2010 3:49:27 PM

  22. what a waste of newspaper ink and web pages

    Posted by: AlexInBoston | Jun 2, 2010 3:58:54 PM

  23. well it looks like me and one other commentor were correct today with our guesses.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 2, 2010 4:06:15 PM

  24. wow - that woman is about "The Good Wife"

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 2, 2010 4:07:56 PM

  25. Does anyone know if there are any gay-friendly churches in Colorado Springs or nearby? That area seems ultra-homophobic from what I've heard.

    Posted by: DippyDoo | Jun 2, 2010 4:19:35 PM

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