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Ted Haggard Continues To Defend Eddie Long's Muscle Shirts


Ted Haggard's ongoing defense of Eddie Long, the pastor accused of coercing three congregants into sexual relationships, brought him to Anderson Cooper's CNN show last night. It was quite a performance, particularly when Haggard attempted to explain away Long's muscle shirt photos.

"Well, we know the pictures are there. We're not sure where they came from," said Haggard. "But there was a movement several years ago where people were concerned about the direction of the church. And there was kind of a masculine movement. Pastors are more masculine sometimes in certain churches; that doesn't mean he's guilty."

Haggard, who was infamously run out of his Colorado Ministry after admitting to hiring a male prostitute, and recently started a new "gay-friendly" congregation, was later asked whether he found Long, who has called homosexuality a "spiritual abortion," to be homophobic. Haggard's reply? A round-the-way defense of anti-gay churches.

"Well," began Haggard. "The times I met him I didn't get that indication. But I do think it's important that churches be able to embrace the type of theology that they believe in and be able to communicate it with clarity."

Pastor Troy Sanders from the LGBT-inclusive, religiously-inclined group Soul Force, which met with Long in 2008, had a different take on Long's gay stance: "The first impression that I had was very hospitable to us but it was very clear that there was a difference in theology. Like there was a very clear difference between what we believed and the oppressive theology that the church is known for.

Watch the conversation, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Americans are so entertaining!

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 24, 2010 8:40:32 PM

  2. Ted Haggard.

    Eddie Long Duk Dong

    Larry Craig

    Proof Gay Marriage works.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Sep 25, 2010 1:38:17 AM

  3. it seems edie is gonna resign. 30 men went to the cops.

    Posted by: rickster | Sep 25, 2010 4:29:04 AM

  4. Oh my gosh! Pastor Troy Sanders truly had the last line!
    "It didn't take a scandal for me to walk in truth"

    DOUBLE WHAMMY to the crystal meth closet case hypocrite Teddy gurl!

    Living it and loving it

    Posted by: FunMe | Sep 25, 2010 5:36:07 AM

  5. I just saw the clip of Eddie preaching against homosexuality. Get him....oh get him. No mercy for closet case homphobes!!
    Troy Sanders was right on..He told truth like it is. The nerve of an evangelical christian to warn another not to terrorise them with their viewpoints.

    Posted by: nikko | Sep 25, 2010 5:42:52 AM

  6. At first, I was not sure what to think of the Eddie Long Story. Now, after seeing the pictures of him in muscle shirts being sent to other members of his church as well as the quack Ted Haggard coming to his defense, I am now more than ever sure that Long is guilty of the accusations.

    Posted by: Beau | Sep 25, 2010 1:49:23 PM

  7. I am reminded of all the homoerotic statues and paintings Haggard had in his church (which were removed right after his scandal broke)- and now, maybe it's just my flaky browser, but it appears that the "photo gallery" from Long's "Long Fellow Academy" has disappeared:

    One wonders what was in that gallery?

    Posted by: Ajax | Sep 25, 2010 6:11:32 PM

  8. Despite the irony of Ted Haggard being used to defend Eddie Long, his comment of "You can't use religion to terrorize others" is classic Haggard. It seems odd that he would be defending Long at all.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 25, 2010 9:50:14 PM

  9. I know it's a large number of fag's talking i believe you guys are a disgrace to human race. I hope when the rapture comes you all will be the first to die and burn in hell. Who are you guys to judge like are you serious.

    Posted by: stacey | Sep 27, 2010 10:24:25 PM

  10. Haggard just can't stand keeping his mouth shut ... he just loves to talk about the gay boys (and men) and feels he is such an expert that he's immediately makes himself available to the media whenever this ugliness comes up (no pun intended) the man is nothing but a publicity whore .. why can't this man just crawl back into his deep dark closet?

    Posted by: ThomT | Oct 9, 2010 9:17:42 PM

  11. @Stacey: thanks for dropping by - seems strange that a godly person such as yourself would find their way here - by hey, everyone is welcome. Stop back again the next time you're surfing for gay porn to satisfy your closeted need for some action.

    Posted by: Ted's Toy Boy | Oct 9, 2010 9:38:44 PM

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