Starvoice • 06.24.11

By Jack Fertig

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Ted Haggard turns 55 on Monday. Haggard was prominent in anti-gay conservative religious groups such as the National Association of Evangelicals until his gay sex and crystal meth scandal in 2006. He has since tried ex-gay therapy, but earlier this year, he came out to GQ magazine identifying as bisexual.

THIS WEEK

With the sun making a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, big scary changes can lead us to take ourselves too seriously. Venus is in Gemini to remind you that playful flirtations can open up creativity and solutions.

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CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Your best inspirations are the most challenging and rebellious ones. Huge changes are necessary. If your bosses can’t see you offering the key to their survival you may need to relocate.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Work more behind-the-scenes and in committee with others. Your personality and accomplishments will shine through stronger. An open mind gets you further than an open mouth.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Don’t worry about getting the notice you deserve. Count on your friends to support you. Trying to be clever and creative will ruin everything. Trust your partner’s advice.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Your partner’s ideas to help you get ahead create more troubles than solutions. Those notions are a springboard to helpful strategies. A colleague helps put that fertilizer to good use.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Sudden outspokenness gets you into big trouble. Having a safe, playful outlet could open up some useful, constructive ideas. Just remember: There’s a time and a place for everything.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Retail is not therapy. Examining your roots is. You are feeling the crisis of values and can offer a lot of insight. Get creative. Your best resource is your connectedness, not your money.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
If you need to choose between your partner and your family you need to reevaluate some thngs. A sibling or close friend has helpful insight. Work also helps to lend perspective.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Think and speak carefully to open up secrets. A creative telling may be more effective than a literal exposure. The most important consideration: What’s most important and effective?

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Too many friends? It’s about quality, not quantity.  Some are just a drag on your resources. Spend time with the few who are beneficial to your spirit. Ask who you really enjoy playing with.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Stress at home makes you explode on all fronts. A neighbor helps alleviate the problem. At least have someone you can talk with. Take time out as you need it.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Friends’ efforts to assuage your financial worries backfire, but provoke you to think constructively. New ideas are helpful but need careful consideration. Don’t do anything impulsively.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Charm and beauty are your strong cards to highlight your assets. A little self-promotion goes a long way. Overplaying it just makes you look slutty. Not the right time for that now.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 24, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Haggard claims he over-repented, but evangelist has never apologized for the harm he caused

Ted Haggard

The Wall Street Journal reports that disgraced minister Ted Haggard says he over-repented.

And apparently 200 people have over-forgiven him.

Haggard was the head of the National Association of Evangelicals who got caught over-using meth with a Denver rentboy four years ago. He’s returned to Colorado Springs (after being run out of town by his former organization) and started a new church. The WSJ reports that the church’s band of losers have outgrown Haggard’s barn and are looking for a new, bigger church where they can pray together, but hopefully not over-pray.

How Haggard “over-repented” is not explained by the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper. The preacher has not over-apologized — or ever apologized — for his years of gay-bashing or for the harm he caused children growing up in evangelical homes who may have listened to his hate speech or had parents who took his message seriously.

He’s renamed his years of hiring prostitutes and doing drugs his “crisis.” He refers to his encounter with former prostitute Mike Jones as a “massage gone awry.”

Why would anyone go to a church and give money to a meth addict who cheats on his wife?

Members of his new congregation told the newspaper they can relax and be themselves with the imperfect pastor. Maybe the members of his church just like knowing that he’s an even bigger loser than they are.

—  David Taffet

Haggard's big announcement amounts to little

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Ted Haggard

Disgraced evangelist Ted Haggard hired a Hollywood publicist to announce that today, he would make an announcement.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the announcement Haggard made today was that he would start a new church. That’s similar to an announcement that we reported in November.

Before he was caught using crystal meth with a prostitute in Oklahoma City in 2006, Haggard was the head of the National Association of Evangelicals and pastor of a Colorado megachurch.

He resigned from those positions the next day.

After three whole weeks of intense therapy, he was declared cured. James Dobson of Focus on the Family was on his “restoration team.”

One of those declaring him cured, discredited reparative therapist Tim Ralph, later said that Haggard now had the tools “to help to embrace his heterosexual side.”

Haggard’s former church was so forgiving of his indiscretions that as part of his severance package, they insisted he leave town. He was living in Phoenix until he returned to Colorado last fall and began the new church in his house.

UPDATE: In his announcement, Haggard said that St. James Church in Colorado Springs will welcome everyone. That includes gays, lesbians, Democrats and addicts. He said the church, however, won’t perform same-sex marriages. He didn’t say whether he’ll be doing meth.

—  David Taffet