Thursday, January 27, 2011

Interesting Things to Read: Ted Haggard Comes Clean (Sort of)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

You'll probably be busy today reading the new issue of our paper, but when you're done, GQ's profile of disgraced Colorado Springs pastor on the comeback, Ted Haggard, is well worth reading. Turns out he's willing to admit some of what he was accused of, but his penitence is still a bit murky.

Ted may be telling the truth, but his peculiar brand of self-victimization and protestation—in which every "I messed up" is followed by a "but... "—makes it hard for people in Colorado Springs to believe that he's actually sorry for what he did. One former New Life member expressed what seems to be the general sentiment surrounding his resurgence: "I think Ted genuinely loves God, and I think he has a sincere interest in helping people, but I don't believe a word that comes out of his mouth."


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