Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ted Haggard Redux

Buried among the Obama/Clinton battle and the slow disintegration of the US economy was a short news item announcing that fired evangelical preacher Ted Haggard has prematurely ended a "spiritual restoration" process begun when he was fired for sexual misconduct.

In layman's terms he just couldn't be cured of his homosexuality, despite an announcement last year from his "spiritual team" (torturers and inquisitors more like it) that he was "100% heterosexual.

Ted, give it up. Come out. You are gay, you were made that way, you know it, and so does most of the civilized world not affected by religious bigotry. Yeah, a lot will change. You'll lose friends, your wife, unless they are truly what they say they are and accepting of you no matter what. It is obvious they are not, unfortunately. Dump them if that is the case, they are ready to dump you. trust me on that one.

The gay community may not welcome you with open arms you know. I know that is scary for you too. You did a lot of damage to us, used your pulpit and influence to keep a whole group of society down. Like war collaborators, you will likely be viewed with suspicion. But, I have an idea that you will likely be more welcome here that at the White House, your former church and the 700 Club.

That is if you let yourself really be yourself and finally come out, realize that you are gay and get on with life. Don't fight it, accept it and you'll be surprised how easy it really is.

You'll probably find a boyfriend faster than I ever will.

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