Posting will be light today, as I am suffering from conjunctivitis and my eye is watering so much I can barely see- I hit the doctor yesterday, but am going to have to head back again today. There is, however, the strong possibility I am suffering from a potentially lethal dose of schadenfreude in the wake of the Ted Haggard story. My favorite reaction so far is from Red State:
I have never heard of the man before today, but if you go check out Memeorandum apparently it is the BIGGEST NEWS EVER that Ted Haggard is gay.
I guess this is the kind of thing that is news five days before an election when there isn’t a war or other major issues to talk about. Oh, wait…
This is the same Red State that featured not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, but TWENTY-ONE front page stories about John Kerry’s botched joke.
Good thing Red State is focussing on the ‘issues.’
The Carpetbagger had this to say yesterday:
So, is this a time for some schadenfreude? Not really. It’s true that Haggard was vehemently anti-gay, and if he did engage in a gay affair, it causes the evangelical movement some additional embarrassment.
But it’s also worth remembering that in a broad movement, Haggard was occasionally a voice of reason. Over the summer, for example, when there was a growing debate about the American use of torture on suspected terrorists, Haggard stepped up to sign a joint statement that said torture “violates the basic dignity of the human person” and “contradicts our nation’s most cherished values.” The statement added, “Nothing less is at stake in the torture abuse crisis than the soul of our nation. What does it signify if torture is condemned in word but allowed in deed?”
Moreover, Haggard’s National Association of Evangelicals was one of a handful of Christian groups to show some leadership in dealing with global warming, and pressured the Bush administration to change its position.
For that matter, when Pat Robertson called for Hugo Chavez’s assassination, Haggard also told a reporter, “Pat doesn’t speak for evangelicals any more than Dr. Phil speaks for mental health professionals.”
I guess my point is, if a major evangelical leader was going to get caught in a gay sex scandal, I would have preferred it to be James Dobson instead of Ted Haggard.
I guess that is, to some extent, true, but c0unt me as someone who is not eager to train a generation of young authoritarians who are going to believe they are on a mission from God to boss me around on environmental issues.
Personally, I am just gonna sit back and enjoy the, well, you know- HYPOCRISY.
*** Update ***
Some more info:
The Rev. Ted Haggard, who resigned as one of the nation’s top evangelical leaders, admitted Friday he had contacted male prostitute Mike Jones “for a massage” and bought drugs from him.
Haggard said he never had sex with Jones and never used the methamphetamine drug he bought.
He told reporters earlier this week that he did not know Jones, who claims to have had a three-year sex-for-money relationship with him.
Haggard, 50, resigned Thursday as leader of the National Association of Evangelicals — a group representing more than 45,000 churches and 30 million people — and he also stepped down temporarily from leadership at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
I am gonna go out on a limb and call bullshit.