Haggard's big announcement amounts to little

Ted Haggard
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