This is the kettle,
The Rev. Ted Haggard stepped down as president of the influential National Association of Evangelicals on Thursday after being accused of carrying on an affair with a gay man.
Haggard also stepped down as head of his 14,000-member New Life Church pending an investigation by a church panel, saying he could “not continue to minister under the cloud created by the accusations.”
The investigation came after a 49-year-old man told a Denver radio station that Haggard paid him to have sex.
Haggard is a firm supporter of President George W. Bush, and is often credited with rallying evangelicals behind Bush during the 2004 election. Jeff Sharlet reports that Haggard “talks to… Bush or his advisers every Monday” and opines that “no pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism…”
According to a Wall Street Journal Article:
Ted Haggard, the head of the 30-million strong National Association of Evangelicals, jokes that the only disagreement between himself and the leader of the Western world is automotive: Mr. Bush drives a Ford pickup, whereas he prefers a Chevy. He is one of the most vociferous critics of the abortion and gay movement. Even though he alegedly slept with a male prostitute once a month for the past three years.
Today he’s gone from denying the charges to stating that “Maybe he did it”.