Friday, February 29, 2008

Different Career Paths 

While visiting our erudite colleague Susie Bright for the usual reasons-we-would-sooner-not-discuss, we were distressed to learn that the "process of spiritual restoration" undertaken by ex-Reverend Ted Haggard has come to an unhappy end. Pastor Ted, you may recall, was sacked by his Colorado mega-church in late 2006 over allegations that he A) bought amphetamines and B) paid a male prostitute for regular, hot, humpy sex. Subsequent reports that the Rev. Haggard had been restored to full heterosexuality by three weeks of intensive therapy with a quartet of ministers may have been premature:
New Life [Church] has been at odds with its former pastor since he left.

In its statement Tuesday night, church officials said, "New Life recognizes the process of restoring Ted Haggard is incomplete and maintains its original stance that he should not return to vocational ministry. However, we wish him and his family only success in the future" . . . .

Haggard also irritated New Life leaders by requesting donations to support him and his family while he got a degree in counseling at the University of Phoenix. The donations were to be collected by Families with a Mission, a Monument non-profit run by Paul Huberly, a twice-convicted registered sex offender.
Meanwhile, Haggard's accuser, male escort Mike Jones, is getting his act together and taking it on the road:
His one-man play “Naked Before God: Exposing the Hypocrisy of Ted Haggard,” will play the Bug Theatre March 13-22.

After the Denver run, Jones and his peeps hope to take the show on the road to such cities as San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, LA.

“It’s a monologue,” Jones says, “But there’s some acting involved as I recreate some of the situations I was going through. It’s funny and tearful. I think at the end people are going to feel exhausted. They’ll go ‘Wow, I can’t believe what he went through’” . . . .

He says the costume is what he always wore working, gym shorts and a T-shirt.

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