Oh dearie me, you have got to see this:
Haggard's Former Church Holds ‘Day of Hope’
COLORADO SPRINGS (AP) - Numerous individuals reported knowledge of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard's struggle with a "dark side," leading to his departure from the mega-church, a member of the church's board of overseers told parishioners Sunday.
"We have verified the reality of that struggle through numerous individuals who reported to us firsthand knowledge of everything from sordid conversation to overt suggestions to improper activities to improper relationships. These findings established a pattern of behavior that culminated in the final relationship in which Ted was, as a matter of grace, caught," he said.
Church leaders had billed Sunday as a "day of hope" to discuss claims against Haggard and to bring closure to church members.
The Haggards have agreed to move from Colorado Springs, Stockstill said. The family was considering the Minneapolis and Phoenix areas, and communities in Missouri and Iowa.
The church will provide the Haggards with financial support over the next year, roughly equivalent to the $130,000 salary Haggard received as pastor, Associate Pastor Rob Brendle told The Colorado Springs Gazette.
My Special Closet-Case-Decoder-Ring says:
a) Everyone knew.
b) God knows how many people were in on the party.
c) Ted said he was moving to Iowa... or Missouri. But now Phoenix and Minneapolis are in the running. Where is Ted? Bet on Ted!
d) This is the first time a figure has been mentioned in Ted's Hush Money deal: $130K. Intriguing that it's only for one year... Is Ted going to renegotiate next Valentine's?
e) We'd all love to get a fat check to lie our heads off, but que sera, sera! Ted is getting quite the severance for his deceitful, sex-phobic, gay-demeaning hypocrisy.
f) The only "closure" will come when the truth comes out and this awful religious hoax is shamed to smithereens.
C'mon Ted, someone else needs the wood!
For those of you who want to give Ted a playful nudge— and contribute to some gay young people who are doing the right thing— a bunch of us have started a Ted Haggard Betting Pool to guess what date the media will discover Haggard's next inevitable indiscretion.
June seems to be the most popular month for betting dates... everyone thinks Ted's going to be a June Bride. But hey, every day's a Day of Hope!