Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ted Haggard Asks the Public for Money

This is a very strange story from Slate Magazine:

So you remember Ted Haggard, right? He's the guy who was caught having a gay relationship
with a male prostitute and buying drugs from him. All the while heading up Colorado Springs' New Life Church and the National Association of Evangelicals. Well, of course he was ousted from those organizations and sought secular counseling.

Today (after 3 weeks intensive counseling) he claims he's NOT GAY anymore and wants to go to school full-time to become a psychologist. According to Slate Magazine, though
Four months ago the Haggard family moved to Arizona, and last week, Haggard informed KRDO-TV of his newest life decision: to minister to "the homeless, those coming out of prison, recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, and other broken people" at the Phoenix Dream Center halfway house, where the Haggard family will also live. Haggard and his wife, Gayle, now members of Phoenix First Assembly (the "church with a heart"), are also enrolled as full-time students at the University of Phoenix.

Minus his $138,000 salary, and with the depressed real estate market preventing the sale of his $700,000 house, Haggard will have trouble making ends meet. So, Haggard asked KRDO reporter Tak Landrock to help him line up "people who can give a one-time gift or make a commitment to help support us monthly for two years."

Haggard wrote Landrock that supporters can mail checks directly to the Haggard family at their Scottsdale, Ariz., address, but that if contributors wish to make their donations tax deductible, as they very likely will, they can make out their checks to something called Families With a Mission and write on the check that it is designated for the Haggard family. Ninety percent of these funds will then be forwarded to Haggard, while the remaining 10 percent will cover Family With a Mission's "administrative costs."

More to the story you won't believe.
The actual letter written by Haggard to KRDO reporter Tak Landrock is there on the Slate site.



raymond said...

oh brother. he's giving my gang a seriously bad name. i'm all about forgiveness, but he can earn his own freakin money like the rest of us. grr.

the teach said...

I'm sorry raymond, I can't believe him AND his wife. How dare he ask for money from his parishioners after what he's done...He should get out there and get a job!