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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Another One Bites

And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
--Queen

What can you say? Ted Arthur Haggard, leader of the 30 million strong National Association of Evangelicals, has apparently been enjoying monthly trysts with male prostitute Mike Jones. Two Republican peccadilloes in as many months...it's a little hard to swallow. This is a particularly unsavory offense as Mr. Haggard's main platform is anti-gay marriage.

Which is not to say, of course, that he had any such intentions on Mr. Jones. Not that that would mitigate the egregiousness of the liason, mind you. But somehow, the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am nature of the hook-up is even less savory. I mean, Newt and others who have had paramours have at least had the good graces to make their partner honest, via marriage. Mr. Haggard's platform would preclude that possibility.

In fairness to Mr Haggard, no doubt more haggard by this particular revelation, he claims that this was simply a Rocky Mountain high, hailing as he does from the peaks of Colorado Springs. Just a bit of meth and a massage. Moreover, though tempted by the methamphetamine, Mr. Haggard claims that he did not partake, borrowing no doubt from the playbook of I-did-not-inhale Clinton; no mention is made of swallowing, however. It is nice that there is at least bipartisan ass-covering, no pun intended.

To his credit, Mr. Haggard chose a partner commensurate in age--Mr. Jones being 49, Mr. Haggard 50, so there would be little one-upmanship there. Mr. Jones, the alleged male escort, said he came out about "Art" (Haggard) because he was angry when he found out that Haggard preached against gay marriage while, "going behind the scenes having gay sex." Jones further said that he was not recommended by any concierge, as Haggard has suggested, but rather, that he would have been found on a gay website or in a gay publication. So Haggard was not tricked into the trick, or the treat, as it were.

It's reported that much of Mr. Haggard's mega-congregation stands behind him, as he's been so up-front about the affair.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Publius said...

Hey, Ranger, just found your site in a link from Phil Carter's site. Nothing in particular to say about this post—other than to note that there is no shortage of hypocrisy amongst our dear leader's supporters—but I wanted you to know that I like what I see here and will make your site part of my rounds.

I'm a retired Army CI/Humint officer, Vietnam generation, and it appears we have similar thoughts about the nation's current direction.

Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 3:31:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lurch said...

A perfect example of what psychiatrists term "projection: although the Corrente blog calls it "Winger Projection Syndrome"

http://www.correntewire.com/glossary#term143

These born again people have a more relaxed idea about salvation the other christian religions do. Once you've drunk the wine and eaten the bread of acceptance you're saved, no matter what you do afterwards. Sort of a corollary of the Witnesses who say only 144,000 will go to heaven, no matter how holy your life is.

I prefer the Hindu and Buddhist versions, which allow me a mulligan in the next life.

Saturday, November 4, 2006 at 4:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Publius,

Glad to have you on site. We'll be glad to hear from you in the future. I was with MACVSOG in VN--glad we share some hard-won perspectives,
Jim

Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 1:19:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,
A mulligan here, a mulligan there... everywhere a mulligan for the true believers. The Lord loves a sinner, and a flub-up, and presumably a poor golfer. Good deeds won't get you into heaven, I'm told, so just admit your bogies, don't cheat on the scorecard, and bask in your righteousness. You'll feel much better in the next incarnation.

Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 2:05:00 PM GMT-5  

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