Top Evangelical Leader Steps Down Amidst Allegations of Gay Sex


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

While sex scandals involving political and church leaders — Mark Foley and Jimmy Swaggart come to mind — is one of the media’s favorite news stories to cover. It’s surprising that a new scandal is getting meager attention. Perhaps the media’s full-court press to hand the Democrat Party a huge victory on November 7 is a primary reason why the “gotcha” news media aren’t covering a disturbing story.

The president of the National Association of Evangelicals and founder and leader of Colorado’s New Life Church, Ted Haggard, resigned from the NAE and placed himself on administrative leave from his church as a result of allegations surfacing that he had a three year affair with a male prostitute.

Haggard a staunch supporter of President George W. Bush and is credited with rallying evangelical voters behind the Republicans during the 2004 election. He reportedly takes part in regular conference calls with White House staff and was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelical Christians in America.

Mike Jones, a so-called male escort, publicly announced that he has had a homosexual relationship with the top religious leader. He claims that during some of their time together they used metamphetamine, as well. Sex and drugs — and homosexuality — once again may have taken their toll.

But Jones does backup his statement regarding his sexual liaisons with the Christian leader with an audiotape he recorded of Haggard and him explicitly discussing sex. Jones claims he did this because of Haggard’s ongoing battle against same-sex marriage. Jones says he wanted to “out” the church leader as a homosexual and a hypocrite.

What should delight the secular-humanists within the media is the fact that Haggard is an outspoken critic of gay marriage and drug abuse. And once the mainstream media get wind of this story, it will be used to connect the GOP with an evangelical leader who’s fallen from grace.

At first, the respected Haggard told KUSA TV in Colorado Springs on Wednesday night that Jones’ accusations are false. But on Thursday, Haggard announced, “I could not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations,” and thus he threw in the towel.

The nationally known spiritual leader, who hosts a Christian-based talk show, said that after consulting with the board of overseers of his church he is, “voluntarily stepping aside from leadership so that the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity.” Meanwhile, his tenure as NEA president is over

Haggard’s congregation numbers over 14,000 members. It is the largest New Life Church in Colorado. Church attorneys said that under their bylaws, if there is an accusation of immorality, the church official involved should step down and place himself on a leave-of-absence.

In a press statement, the church pastor’s daughter, Carolyn Haggard, a spokeswoman for the New Life Church, said a four-member church panel will investigate the allegations. She did not identify the board members.

“This is really routine when any sort of situation like this arises, so we’re prepared,” she said. “The church is going to continue to serve and be welcoming to our community. That’s a priority.”

One can only pray both Mike Jones and Carolyn Haggard are both wrong — that Ted Haggard is innocent, and this is not a routine situation.



Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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