Friday, November 03, 2006

Ted Haggard is Gay

The word "pathetic" is thrown around a lot, but most of the time, people don't really mean it. It could be interchanged with, perhaps, "ridiculous," or "feeble," or "laughable." But the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard's case is one where the word truly does apply. He is pathetic, in the sense that I can't help but look on him and feel a mixture of both revulsion and deep pity.

If you don't know who Ted Haggard is, he is probably the second-most influential Christian right leader in the United States (the most influential being James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family.) Haggard is (or was) the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, 30 million strong, an organization vociferiously opposed to gay rights, among other things.

There are so many pathetic things about this tale, it nearly exhausts my already taxed supply of pity. For example, this is a man who is so consumed by the self-loathing of internalized homophobia that he will admit to buying crystal meth (but not using it), but not to gay sex. The latter, for him, is clearly the greater crime.

The crystal meth part of the story actually makes sense. Sully explains better than I could (as he's had more experience with closeted types):

"It's what extremely conflicted and sometimes desperately lonely gay men resort to in order to facilitate their self-destruction, and leave behind any sexual inhibitions derived from crushing guilt."

5 Comments:

At 11/03/2006 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure on what basis you say that Haggard is gay since Jones failed a polygraph related to having sexual contact with Haggard. Let the facts play themselves out - don't jump to conclusions and show the world you're more judgmental than Haggard.

 
At 11/03/2006 4:57 PM, Blogger Olaf said...

In Haggarts defence, I always buy crystal meth and an assortment of other hard drugs with no intention of using them... it just makes economic sense to do so.

But seriously, even if you normally use the term cautiously, I think 'pathetic' fits the bill here quite nicely.

 
At 11/03/2006 7:29 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

put the meth pipe down, anon....

KEvron

 
At 11/04/2006 5:03 AM, Blogger Clear Grit said...

Oh come now, anon. How many straight guys routinely get massages from the same gay prostitute, whom incidentally they also buy crystal meth from with no intention to actually use it (because that makes sense). The guy's a fag, deal with it.

 
At 11/04/2006 8:40 AM, Blogger DPW said...

Maybe he's not gay but he sure aa Hell is queer (and not in the way I like).

Haggard's church has suspended him since he admitted to substance of the allegations so I don't think we have to debate what he was up to.

Sure, Jones may have timed his revelations to do the most damage, but that's life.

 

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