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04/19/2007


TLC to Air Ted Haggard Reality Special with the Dramatic Title 'Scandalous', May Lead to Series

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TLC will soon premiere Ted Haggard: Scandalous, a one-hour reality show about his life, the L.A. Times reports:

(If successful, the special has the potential to spin out into a series.)

"My family and I endured the darkest hours imaginable in the public spotlight, and have spent the last four years fighting and struggling to rebuild our lives, our faith and our family," said Haggard in a statement. "Showing the world the new chapter of our lives will hopefully inspire others to find their own path to overcome their struggles and embrace the power of acceptance. The church is open to all, even those who have committed the darkest sins."

The special shows Haggard launching his new ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. — the same town he left after the scandal.

TLC also airs Sarah Palin's Alaska.


Ted Haggard Continues To Defend Eddie Long's Muscle Shirts

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

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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.

Details, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lutherans Allow Pastor with Gay Urges to Return

Lutheran Pastor Tom Brock, whose attendance at a support group for Christians with same-sex attractions was exposed by Lavender Magazine in June, has been allowed to return to the pulpit after a task force could find no evidence that he had ever slept with a man,  the AP reports:

Brock  "Brock told The Associated Press he has known for years he is sexually attracted to men, but doesn't consider himself gay because he never acted on it. 'I am a 57-year-old virgin,' Brock told the Hope Lutheran congregation during services upon returning to the pulpit on Sunday. Brock and Parrish would not share the full task force report, but Parrish said its members could find no evidence Brock ever had sex with men. They confirmed that Brock sought counseling and enlisted another minister as an 'accountability partner' with whom he frequently discussed his struggles. Brock said he intends to step down as senior pastor at Hope Lutheran, but will retain his affiliation with the church and still preach there from time to time."

And - ugh - "Having preached on Twin Cities cable access for about 20 years, he told the AP he hopes to take his broadcasts to a wider national audience with a new message: 'You can have this struggle with same-sex attraction, say no to it, and still follow Christ.'"

Perhaps Brock and Ted Haggard can collaborate on a variety show.


Comparing Himself to Tiger Woods and Michael Vick, Ted Haggard Says He 'Over-Repented' After Gay Escort Scandal

Sounds like somebody's getting cocky now that his new church is so popular:

Haggard Ebullient as ever, bouncing with energy, Mr. Haggard said he is back doing what he was born to do.

"Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football," Mr. Haggard said as his new congregation joined him and Gayle in their backyard for a post-worship picnic. Little kids, shrieking with joy, splashed in the pool. Men grilled burgers. Women set out chicken salad.

"Ted Haggard," Mr. Haggard said, "needs to be leading a church."

He acknowledged grave lapses of judgment in the episode he refers to as "my crisis." But Mr. Haggard also said that in his sorrow and shame, he accepted too much guilt after the scandal broke.

"I over-repented," he said.

In February 2008, Mr. Haggard asked to be released from supervision by other clergy. His former church, New Life, consented, though officials there put out a pointed statement calling Mr. Haggard's recovery incomplete.

The four pastors who supervised Mr. Haggard wouldn't comment on his new church. New Life pointed to an earlier statement, released in November 2008, that said, "we cannot endorse his return to vocational ministry."

(via tpm)


News: Dan Savage, iPhone 4, Stephen Fry, Spain, Linda Lingle

Road Anita Bryant returns to the stage in Oklahoma.

RoadLegislation banning gay adoption introduced in Brazil.

Postcard_equality RoadSend Hawaii governor Linda Lingle a postcard (and Lambda Legal a donation).

RoadScientology puts hit out on Anderson Cooper.

RoadPaul Rudd rocks the Jesus look.

RoadBoo! Tom Colicchio will not ride on L.A. Pride Bear float.

RoadMaryland candidate Dana Beyer hopes to be the first transgendered American elected to statewide office: "By running for election to the state legislature, Beyer essentially outed herself to the 60,000 potential voters in the traditionally liberal district (where the race is generally decided during the Democratic primary). Her male-to-female transition had occurred only three years earlier, but she knew she had to tell her story in full."

RoadiPhone 4: silent recall?

RoadA first look at the new season of Project Runway.

RoadFinale of The Hills leaves viewers wondering, 'was it real?' Note: it wasn't.

Untitled-15RoadStephen Fry separates from partner of 14 years for younger actor: "According to pals, Fry has made no secret of the collapse of their romance and has, I gather, been spending a lot of time with aspiring young actor Steven Webb, 26, who appeared in Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play The History Boys at the National Theatre."

RoadSignorile: On false prophet and apologizer to gays, Andrew Marin.

RoadNYT on GMHC's new home: "In order to get that approval, the organization agreed to a number of restrictions, some of which have aroused the ire of AIDS activists, including Larry Kramer, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In a series of e-mail messages and meetings, Mr. Kramer went so far as to call on Dr. Hill to resign for, in his view, putting the interests of the landlord ahead of those of the organization’s clients."

RoadJeremy Renner is in better shape than Channing Tatum.

RoadSPAIN: Man held in brutal murder of gay couple is freed after only four years in jail.

Savage RoadDan Savage launches iPhone app featuring archive of Savage Love questions and a way for you to ask them directly. (iTunes link)

RoadNow that the campaign is over, the "teacher" in Stand for Marriage's anti-gay Maine ad comes out of the closet, as a Concerned Woman for America.

RoadChrissie Hynde has a new band.

 road House where Marilyn died is for sale.

RoadCollege instructor charged with sex assault on student tells court he thought the student was awake when he performed the sex act on him: "Smith, 48, said he believed the student was consenting because he widened his legs and became aroused as the accused caressed his inner thigh."

RoadMeow Meow: The dangerous new plant food party drug.

RoadTed Haggard moves his new church to large venue after it outgrows the barn: "Attendance Sunday was about 245, a 44 percent increase since the first service. Congregants, some of whom came from Denver and Cañon City to attend, stood three deep at the barns’ entrance when space inside filled, several sources say. Haggard said Monday he will being holding services at the Pikes Peak Center on July 25, in part because St. James has outgrown his barn, but also because the insurer that holds the policy on his home won’t cover the church’s meetings."


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