November 3, 2006

I did not inhale?

I really don't mean to mock Ted Haggard. If the man is gay, then I have compassion for him trying to make sense of that in the middle of a religious organization that can't really make sense of sexuality. And there is much we don't know. But he has confessed to part of it, even though the "confession" has a rather Clintonian spin:
ABC News: Evangelist Admits Meth, Massage, No Sex: "Evangelist Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who claims he was paid for drug-fueled trysts by the outspoken gay marriage opponent.

Haggard resigned Thursday as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and stepped down as leader of his Colorado megachurch while the two groups investigate the allegations.

Talking to reporters outside his house Friday, Haggard denied the sex allegations but said that he did buy meth from the man because he was curious.

'I bought it for myself but never used it,' he said. 'I was tempted, but I never used it.'"

"I threw it away?" What really puzzles me is that the gay prostitute advertises in gay publications, or that is what I read. I don't think he was operating a massage business somewhere and that is how Haggard found him. It isn't difficult to find a legit massage.

Something doesn't seem right here.


Wasp Jerky said...

One of the phone recordings has Haggard asking for "more" drugs, which means he's either lying or that he really likes buying drugs and then not giving into temptation.

yogini said...

I was glad to read the word "compassion" in a sentence about Haggard. It is true that he has been preaching hate for a long time, and really deserves to go down for this. However, when I saw the video of him with his wife admitting to "buying the drugs and throwing them away" I did feel compassion for him. Obviously the wife still didn't know the truth. He's trying to hold on to his life, and must face the fact that he cannot. He has probably been gay or bi-sexual his whole life and has never dealt with it. He hates himself, so he preaches hate.

Streak said...

Self-hatred seems the model, I agree. Sullivan suggested that meth was the drug of choice for gay men trying to overcome intense guilt. Certainly not the drug of choice for someone looking to relax in a massage.