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Task Force responds to the Rev. Ted Haggard's 'completely heterosexual' statement

Date: 
February 06, 2007

Mike Jones, the man who exposed Haggard’s hypocrisy, calls his so-called ‘recovery’ very ‘hard to believe’

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 — The Rev. Ted Haggard, the disgraced former head of the National Evangelical Association and leader of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, today broke his silence from “rehabilitation” and said that “Jesus is putting me back together again” and that he was “sorry for the things I’ve done.” He is also convinced he is “completely heterosexual,” according to the Rev. Tim Ralph, one of the ministers who oversaw three weeks of “intensive counseling” with Haggard.

“Haggard should be seeking forgiveness for the way he used the Bible to bash gay people, the way he warped and damaged young people in his ‘Jesus Camps,’ the way he shamelessly mixed religion and politics for personal and partisan gain, and for defaming Mike Jones,” said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  “Instead, he’s doing what all these preachers do when they get caught with their pants down — they make themselves the victims of a personal failing.”

“It’s hard for me to believe that he’s ‘recovered’ in three weeks when he’d been having oral sex with me for over three years,” said Mike Jones, the man who stepped forward to expose Haggard’s hypocrisy in being a vehement supporter of a Colorado constitutional amendment prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriage.

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