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Ted Haggard Defends Accused Anti-Gay Pastor Eddie Long Over Predatory Sex Charges


Pastor Ted Haggard is defending anti-gay Atlanta pastor Eddie Long over the accusations that Long coerced three young men into having sex, AOL News reports:

Haggard "Haggard said that Long deserves a fair hearing and that if the accusations are false, he will survive the ordeal. 'The bishop is surrounded by people that will counsel him well,' he said. Haggard, who was a superstar among the Christian right until a gay sex scandal forced him to resign, said that all too often unsavory allegations can tarnish a person's reputation, even if they are unproved. 'Public perception becomes more important than the facts,' he said. While stressing that nothing had been proved against Long, whom he said he has met once or twice, Haggard said it's important to remember that all Christians struggle with sin. 'It's fundamental to all Christian beliefs that Christians are simultaneously saints and sinners,' he said. 'We're saints in the eyes of God, but we all know we're sinners, which is why we value redemption.'"

Added Haggard: "Nobody's guilty until the court says he's guilty."

Sounds like Haggard enjoyed the photos Long sent the boys wearing his muscle shirt.

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  1. Oh, this is such a case of classic hypocrisy! They could call this "Pastors with iPhones!" Next, his pics will appear on "RentBoy.Com"! I hope there is more public and media outcry about another case of anti-gay hypocrisy!

    Posted by: james Brown | Sep 23, 2010 8:07:55 AM

  2. please tell me that this is not all a dream - I am enjoying this story too much - is that bad of me ?

    even better this is the gift that will keep on giving - how many more "spiritual sons" are there out there and they haven't even obtained his bank accounts and travel records yet.

    there have also got to be more photos - digital photography has encouraged us all to document our lives much more these days - wait till the x rated ones appear.

    must say though he has good taste in motor vehicles - if I could afford it I would drive my boyfriend around in a bentley - oh sorry they were not boyfriends they were "spiritual sons" who were half his age...

    Posted by: arch | Sep 23, 2010 8:24:53 AM

  3. I so wish that Warren Zevon and Hunter S. Thompson were alive to see this. Just think of the music and writing that would arise from the ashes.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 23, 2010 8:38:26 AM

  4. "Added Haggard: "Nobody's guilty until the court says he's guilty."

    Isn't that like "it's not a crime unless you get caught"?

    Posted by: jag | Sep 23, 2010 8:38:34 AM

  5. yummy, gimme some of that bbc :)

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 23, 2010 8:41:13 AM

  6. Okay, one more time...

    IF these dudes are gay, and it really seems like they are, and it is always, always these super crazy gay haters that are gay... is there some different approach to dealing with them?

    Obveee-us-leee, they have had gay sex. Don't they realize that gay sex is what they want, ergo they are gay?

    It's not just the religious dudes, either. I've met dudes that were gay hating, not religious, but superfreaks when it came to their down low experiences.

    Wait. Are they gay or just...sexually adventurous?

    I can get a headache over these guys. I just can't imagine it. I'm a spiritual, Jesus believing person and it never made me hate gays. These people hate gays because they hate themselves.

    More and more I think RuPaul is right. It was not this bad in the 90's and he said it is because of the hyper-masculine culture we have evolved into that hates any sign of weakness or perceived femininity in men. He said this is why lesbians aren't picked on as badly as gay men because the real crime is not living up to what is perceived to be this uber masculine war oriented culture that came with the Bush administration.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 23, 2010 8:53:30 AM

  7. Ted Haggard needs to shut up. He's only an authority on hypocrisy and deceit. Let God forgive him, the rest of us just want him to go away and live his life in public silence.

    And as far as Eddie Long. First off, great body, Eddie. Second, if you sent these shots to these young men, you are a magnificent douche. Third, it is sad to see a man who hates himself so much that he must lash out at everyone who is exactly like him only stands up as a man (or woman) and proudly accepts their sexuality as a part of their life.

    Those who protest too much are usually guilty of the what they protest.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 23, 2010 9:05:11 AM

  8. Yeah I'd want Ted Haggard coming to my defense too.... Ted STFU!!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Sep 23, 2010 9:07:56 AM

  9. LOL, Alex, that was exactly my thought: "You know you're in serious sauerkraut when Ted Haggard--TED HAGGARD!--is the one stepping up to defend you." Maybe the two of them should go on a long "prayer retreat" weekend at a cabin in the mountains, a la Jack and Ennis?

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 23, 2010 9:15:49 AM

  10. "Long" is the amount of time spent in the gym, apparently.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 23, 2010 9:25:01 AM

  11. Um...these photos aren't embarrassing at all. They are not nudes. They look like an older man who is proud of the condition of his body. The photos here prove nothing.

    But (wait for it) the photos at Gospel Spreading News of Pastor Long's penis are the real deal and far more scandalous. If you are a church queen, email me if you want the pics and I'll hook you up. But I'm warning you: they're HUGE and may not fit in your inbox.

    My lawd! Snickers really satisfies you.

    Posted by: veg | Sep 23, 2010 9:27:25 AM

  12. @RIN : great, you've said something I can agree with. The uber masculine culture is being fostered in US high schools and it part of that culture to beat up on gays or anyone who nmight be artistic .

    Being defended by Haggard is surely the kiss of death . Ha Ha.
    Now these little body shots cannot be all that's available.......he must have been a little more seductive.......
    Another self loathing, religious, Leviticus quoting, closet hypocrite that's been caught.
    Let's make a list:
    ..............help me out here !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 23, 2010 9:38:15 AM

  13. @Jackfkntwist,

    I agree on the high school thing. In the 90's being a musician was cooler than being a jock, and then somehow it seemed there was this resurgence of physicality (probably not the right word) as being correct.

    For example, Tom Brady, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Reggie Bush, Lamar Odam...these people are back to being on the front of magazine covers. It's all butch, butch, butch, and...no offense...but in gay men I see the more "feminine" gays being told to stand back, to "not be a stereotype" etc, as though being feminine is BAD.

    Even with women...look at the role models??? I feel like we went back thirty years where the only women that make the news are dumb bitch skanks like Lalohan or Taylor whatever her name is... well, if those are the only females that make the news I might think being a female is bad, too.

    Somethings changed and I don't know what it is, and forgive me for sounding like my mother, but... it didn't used to be this bad.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 23, 2010 9:54:34 AM

  14. JUST IN TIME FOR HALLLOWEEN! Get yourself a pink Muscle-T and go as Reverend Long. Not all of us can do Catherine O'Donnell.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 23, 2010 10:17:59 AM

  15. the Sad part about this too...there are over 25,000 people / sheeple that belong to his bigoted hateful church...they are stupid as the day is long, and blind to the fact that thier donations go to keep him in $2000 suits / a VERY nice home, and Lots of BLING! WOW- the stupidity is amazing!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 23, 2010 10:25:15 AM

  16. These boys clearly don't understand how "no homo" works. Sheesh.

    Posted by: Rebel | Sep 23, 2010 10:44:58 AM

  17. This society has become increasingly militaristic. We are permanently at war. There is no end in sight. Of course we have moved backwards in terms of gender expectations.

    Posted by: Vlad | Sep 23, 2010 10:56:39 AM

  18. Pastor Long should be a time management consultant. We're talking hours a day to build those guns, international trips with his congregational rent boys, and back in time for church on Sunday! Obviously, he IS a man of God because it would take a miracle every week for him to do all he has to do and prep a sermon, too.H

    Hold up. His name is really "Pastor Long" ? Or is that his porn name? That can't be his real name, can it? Wait, is this some sort of media hoax?

    Posted by: Troy | Sep 23, 2010 11:00:46 AM

  19. the trial will be entertaining since one supposes that the evidence will be similar to that in the jackson and clinton cases - i.e. detailed descriptions of the private parts of alleged perpetrator,

    quite how the bishop's flock will react to graphic descriptions of the size, shape and colouring of his (sch)long is anyone's guess - mine is not well

    Posted by: arch | Sep 23, 2010 11:06:52 AM

  20. Of course he chose the most vulnerable men, but I hope one of them thought to safely store a cum towel for evidence at Linda Tripp's house.

    Today we have 3 boys, but that's a pretty big congregation... step right up, boys.

    Posted by: stephen | Sep 23, 2010 11:08:55 AM

  21. I thank Ted Haggard for staying with the media even though he was publicly crucified by them. He still tries to set things right and educate the public about what it means to be a Christian - it does not mean you are a perfect human being. Unfortunately the public lately doesn't seem to get that Christians are sinners, too, and readily admit that. Not all Christians are self-righteous, and in fact spend a great amount of time admitting their wrongs.

    Posted by: Amanda | Sep 23, 2010 9:55:11 PM

  22. Guilty or Innocent? The sex photos that show Bishop Long and the 2 men engaging in gay sex is pretty incriminating, anyone who says he's innocent CLEARLY has not seen the photos! http://maturevideocontent.com/Bishop-Eddie-Long-Pictures.html

    Posted by: ana | Sep 23, 2010 10:23:07 PM

  23. anyone want to guess why ted is so defensive
    of long they may already been on a retreat together. why else would long be racking up frequent flyer miles

    Posted by: walter | Sep 24, 2010 1:24:30 AM

  24. Guilty or Innocent? The sex photos that show Bishop Long and the 2 men engaging in gay sex is pretty incriminating, anyone who says he's innocent CLEARLY has not seen the photos! http://maturevideocontent.com/Bishop-Eddie-Long-Pictures.html

    Posted by: ana | Sep 24, 2010 1:47:26 AM

  25. FU Ana! spammer!

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 24, 2010 6:03:30 AM

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