Ted Haggard: bisexual
In a revealing interview (bad choice of words, I know) with GQ, disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard (whom I remember mainly from his bizarre interview with Richard Dawkins) describes himself as bisexual, and makes some revealing comments reflecting a newfound cynicism about the church:
"I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual."
When Ted resigned from New Life, a board of church-appointed overseers presented him with a separation agreement that required him to cut off all contact with members of the church, stay away from the media, perform no ministry-related work, and move his family out of Colorado. As severance, the church would provide fourteen months' salary for him and Gayle (about $200,000) and assorted other benefits. Ted obediently signed the agreement, but he now believes it was excessively harsh treatment for a family in the midst of a major crisis—especially since, well, isn't providing mercy for sinners sort of the entire point of Christianity?
"I used to think the church was the light of the world," Ted says. "But I've completely lost my faith in it."
"You've got to understand ... people are, at their cores, hateful. I don't want to believe that, but the facts have prevailed over my idealism."