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I Wonder if Any of Haggard's ButtBoiz are Getting Faith-Based Taxdollars?

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I did not know HBO, Oprah, and Lewd King were giving old Ted so much love and attention. I wonder if this will help or hinder the cause of exposing the sexual hypocrisy of fundie churches everwhere; probably because it's teevee it won't impress me, at least. But the Good People at CO Independent have some fun snark to get you thru your humpday blues, if you're short on meth and a buttboi, and are finding it hard to praise Jeebus:

By Wendy Norris 1/27/09 7:18 PM
The latest sordid episode of the Rev. Ted Haggard’s sex-and-drug peccadilloes now includes allegations that New Life Church reneged on its offer to provide financial comfort to a young male parishioner who was the object of the evangelical leader’s lewd affections.

I just hope AP religion reporter Eric Gorski got some combat pay for having to report the details of Haggard’s no-hands tryst.

Gorski writes in an article picked up by the Colorado Springs Gazette an incredible story by Grant Haas, a New Life Church volunteer and ex-seminary student, of Haggard masturbating in front of him while on a trip to a popular casino west of town in 2005. It’s not stated if the excursion was church-related or a personal getaway to the craps tables by the two men.

Then 22 years old, Haas admitted to Haggard that he was expelled from the Moody Bible Institute for “struggles with homosexuality.” He further claims that Pastor Ted’s “eyes lit up and his whole attitude towards me changed.” What followed was upwards of 2,000 text messages per month from Haggard chronicling the pastor’s sexual experiences and drug use.

And that’s the tame part.

Gorski’s story, which borrows heavily from an exclusive interview of Haas by reporter Tak Landrock of Colorado Springs ABC-affiliate KRDO-TV, doesn’t provide a time frame in which the apparent non-physical sexual relationship and prolific texting took place.

In the on-air interview with Landrock, Haas tells a much more sordid tale of pornography, methamphetamine use and mutual masturbation. (Note: This video is not safe to view at work, near children or anybody with a lick of common decency.)

I want to give COI the linklove so go click the link to hear all the sordid details.

After hearing of Denver male escort Mike Jones’ shocking November 2006 assertions of a long-time cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard, Haas went privately to New Life authorities with his own salacious story.

While Haggard was getting canned by both his own church and the National Association of Evangelicals where he served as president of the 45,000-member strong protestant church network, New Life entered into a financial agreement with Haas. Current New Life pastor Brady Boyd vigorously denies the payment was “hush money.”

Accounts vary slightly with each passing news account, but Boyd claims a congregational insurance settlement of $179,000 — “compassionate assistance” — provided college tuition and counseling through 2009 as long as Haas did not speak publicly about the relationship.

But Haas provided documents to KRDO claiming the church broke its word and stopped making the payments.

“Their main focus was, you know, cover it up, don’t say anything,” he said. “You’ll regret it if you come forward.”

For his part, Haggard says that he apologized to Haas following steamy news accounts of the 2006 sex scandal. Not to be forgotten, Jones released his own YouTube video Monday decrying New Life’s cash payment to Haas and reminding the church community that there are more victims of Haggard’s bawdy advances.

I'm starting to reconsider this whole atheism thing. Sounds like all the really tawdry action is in the churches: drugs, multiple partners, the fun and games of the down low...hmmm. I may have to get my worship on; I've got a rep to maintain and I can't have a bunch of namby pamby churchies steppin up.

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Submitted by lambert on

We always get ads for some fly-by-night insurance company next to the single payer posts; and next to this one, we actually have an ad for a church in Colorado Springs...

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

the google hamsters to find the CO church link? i mean, doesn't gay.com or someone use google ads? surely churches can't be the only associated topics when i write "meth" "masturbation" and "payoff."

Submitted by cg.eye on

From Eric Gorski, who first covered this story as the scandal exploded on the pages of the Denver Post:

In investigating Haggard's assertion that his extramarital sexual contact was limited to former male escort Mike Jones, the board talked to people close to Haggard and found no evidence contradicting him, Ralph said.

"If we're going to be proved wrong, somebody else is going to come forward, and that usually happens really quickly," he said. "We're into this thing over 90 days, and it hasn't happened."

Now since I didn't read of any successive statements from New Life that new sexual partners were discovered, well, it's more a sin of omission than commission, isn't it? That is until we considered the legal documents buying silence. However, this sentence from the CO Independent strongly suggests that the payoff was concurrent with New Life's finalization of their investigation of Haggard:

While Haggard was getting canned by both his own church and the National Association of Evangelicals where he served as president of the 45,000-member strong protestant church network, New Life entered into a financial agreement with Haas. Current New Life pastor Brady Boyd vigorously denies the payment was “hush money.”

And the worst part? Evidence.

Haas also said Haggard at certain times sent him between 1,000 and 2,000 text messages a month, some describing his sexual experiences and drug use from the road.

The first rule of a coverup? Make sure to clean the evidence trail.