You may remember the disgraced Ted Haggard, who’d been the famous pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs until November 2006, when it was revealed that he’d been a customer of a male prostitute and a drug user. Just when we thought we wouldn’t hear from him again — well, he wasn’t having any part of that! He’s now the star of an upcoming HBO documentary/puff-piece (as the Washington Post reports):

Two years ago Ted Haggard vanished into the gap that separates righteous, evangelical America from righteous, liberal America. By chance this cultural divide was defined to a large extent by attitudes about gay sex even before a male prostitute announced he had been sleeping with the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and had sold him some methamphetamine.

Now Haggard, 52, is back in the public eye, his lanky frame leaning forward on an easy chair in a penthouse suite of the Universal City Hilton as he flogs “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” a documentary by Alexandra Pelosi that debuts on HBO Thursday. The striking woman on the couch to his right is his wife, Gayle, still with the pastor despite everything — the scandal, their exile to the desert, and the continuing mystery of her husband’s sexuality — because she found in the teachings of Jesus the grace to forgive, vs. the “downward spiral” of judgment and hate.

It’s kind of odd, don’t you think, that a fundamentalist Christian wife can’t manage to “judge” or “hate” her wayward husband … after all, fundies spend a great deal of their time judging everyone else, from gays to atheists to the ACLU and more. Seems to me Mrs Haggard should spread her newfound “gospel-of-not-judging” to the rest of her fundamentalist brothers and sisters.

Oh wait. Jesus already did that, himself. Sorry. Sometimes I forget there are things that Jesus taught, but that fundamentalists have decided not to follow.

At any rate, this documentary comes at a time when it’s been revealed that Haggard’s dalliances had been much worse than either he or New Life Church admitted to, back in November 2006 (as reported by the AP, via this Baltimore Sun article):

Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard — a revelation that comes as Haggard tries to repair his public image.

Brady Boyd, who succeeded Haggard as senior pastor of the 10,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, told The Associated Press that the man came forward to church officials in late 2006 shortly after a Denver male prostitute claimed to have had a three-year cash-for-sex relationship with Haggard.

Boyd said an “overwhelming pool of evidence” pointed to an “inappropriate, consensual sexual relationship” that “went on for a long period of time … it wasn’t a one-time act.” Boyd said the man was in his early 20s at the time. He said he was certain the man was of legal age when it began.

So it wasn’t just one gay prostitute who had “outed” the once-admired Pastor Ted — at least one other person had confirmed his wrongdoing.

One would expect that the AP had tried to get comment from Haggard on this, and they did, but with the following result:

Reached Friday night, Haggard declined to comment and said all interviews would have to be arranged through a publicist for HBO, which is airing a documentary about him this month. …

A spokeswoman for the documentary, “The Trials of Ted Haggard,” declined to comment Friday.

So much for that. Can’t let a little thing like more wrongdoing exposed, get in the way of making a fortune on a documentary!

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