...comes with the news that Pastor Ted Haggard -- the gay anti-gay apostate -- didn't just do it with a male escort: he also had an "inappropriate" relationship with someone who is so young that Church officials are insisting that they're sure the kid was legal at the time. Because, you know, a man who'd preach hate against homosexuals while hiding his secret life as a gay meth addict would never do anything wrong.
What world do these people live in? I regret to say they live in a Christian Fundamentalist world where you are told never to question, never to doubt, and simply to place your faith in stuff, including things that don't make a lick of sense. The fact that they paid off the kid to silence his claims proves this Church hasn't learned a thing from The Haggard Homosexual Experience. It's business as usual: conceal, deceive and pretend.
Teddy Boy is not responding to the "overwhelming proof" that the affair occurred, and instead forwarding queries to some poor beleaguered PR person for an upcoming HBO documentary about Haggard. Morever, coming at a time when Haggard's trying, once again, to pretend he isn't gay and has been "cured" of his natural sexual orientation (that's right, color me Dubious), and pick up evangelism where he left off, his young beau's plan to tell all to a radio station must be inconvenient. After all, why think about unpleasant things like personal accountability when you're spreading the Lord's word?
Must be quite the emotional roller-coaster for the publicist, the producers, the director and everyone associated with the production. On one hand, if Haggard lied to HBO about having only one that one tawdry affair with a hustler, this latest revelation fucks their script (and if the documentary's in the can, they are really fucked). If they did a "true story" type of documentary, this news now puts into question everything Haggard told them: just how many other gay skeletons lurk in Teddy Boy's creepy closet? On the other, what could beat this sensational buzz for free PR in advance of the airing, and the knowledge that a far bigger audience will now tune in, if only to see how HBO handles the latest development.
Ah, the modern world. If you don't love it, you might feel like killing yourself over it.