Ted Haggard

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Ted Haggard to Appear on Celebrity Wife Swap

And he'll trade mates with ... Gary Busey

(Newser) - In possibly the weirdest news you’ll hear all day, sex-and-drug-scandal-plagued Ted Haggard is going on the celebrity edition of ABC’s Wife Swap reality show … and will swap partners with Gary Busey. Yes, in case you’d forgotten, Haggard still has a wife—despite the fact that he... More »

Ted Haggard Appearing in 'Sex Comedy'

Pastor films cameo in 'The Waiting Game'

(Newser) - Ted Haggard: movie star? The possibly bisexual pastor, famous for his 2006 gay-massage-and-meth scandal, is appearing as himself in a so-called “sex comedy” for the Christian set. Picture a Judd Apatow movie with a few slight tweaks: Most notably, the theme is pro-abstinence. The Waiting Game, being developed in... More »

Ted Haggard: I'm Probably Bisexual

But he only has sex with his wife now, and he's 'perfectly satisfied'

(Newser) - Since his 2006 gay massage-and-meth scandal, Rev. Ted Haggard has been vague about his sexual orientation. But in a GQ profile, he admits for the first time that, “Probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual.” But he doesn’t, because... More »

Ted Haggard Starts New Church Open to Gays

But don't expect any gay marriages

(Newser) - Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard is starting a new church based on a philosophy of acceptance—though his views on gays are still a bit complicated. The former chief of the National Association of Evangelicals, who was brought down by a scandal involving a gay prostitute and crystal meth while campaigning... More »

Therapy to 'Cure' Gays Is Bogus: Shrinks

(Newser) - Claims that sexual orientation can be changed through therapy have no scientific credibility, finds a new report by the American Psychological Association. The group reviewed 83 journal articles published over several decades and found that many studies purporting to show successful changed sexuality "contain serious design flaws." The... More »

Bodyguard Sues Brit

Plus, Winehouse hospitalized yet again, and more

(Newser) - Britney Spears’ legal battles continue—but this time it’s the pop princess who’s getting sued, by her former bodyguard, Us reports. Kerry Vine, who says he was hurt while working at Spears’ former home, is suing her for personal injury, battery, and negligence. Elsewhere:
  • Amy Winehouse was hospitalized—
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Haggards Plug Marriage ... on Divorce Court

Couple goes on Divorce Court to talk about lasting marriage

(Newser) - Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard and his wife are headed for Divorce Court, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports—but to plug the virtues of marriage and describe how his homosexual affair made theirs stronger. In a taping to air April 1, the New Life Church pastor says he asked Gayle Haggard... More »

'Fun on Side' Haggard 'Fesses Up to 2nd Affair

His therapist says he's 'heterosexual with complications'

(Newser) - Disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard has confessed to another "compulsive" relationship, this one with a young male volunteer in his former church. "I felt like God's plan was for sexuality to be in a monogamous, heterosexual marriage. But I had these other things going on," Haggard told... More »

Wife Knew Haggard Was Hot for Guys

She believed he was 'winning the battle,' spouse tells Oprah

(Newser) - Ted Haggard told his wife early in their 30-year marriage that he struggled with his attraction to men, she tells Oprah in an appearance with her husband due to air today. Gayle Haggard says she was shocked by the disclosure, but believed he was "winning the battle" before a... More »

Haggard Faces New Gay Sex Accusations

Churchgoer says he had long relationship with anti-gay marriage preacher

(Newser) - Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard had a long extra-marital affair with a male parishioner before his downfall, KRDO reports. The churchgoer says the New Life Church paid him hush money after the affair several years ago. The church confirmed the accusation after learning that the man possesses a recording of a... More »

HBO Doc Unveils Down-and-Out Haggard

"Wincingly candid" documentary set to air Jan. 29 on HBO

(Newser) - A new HBO documentary on Ted Haggard catches the disgraced minister at his most candid and vulnerable, Newsweek reports. Emmy-winning director Alexandra Pelosi shot the film impromptu, capturing Haggard the failed insurance salesman as he struggles with gay feelings and looks out the window at his old church. But hasn't... More »

Haggard: I Still Struggle With Sexuality

Disgraced evangelical speaks out in new doc

(Newser) - Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard says in a new documentary that he still struggles with his sexuality yet is committed to his marriage for the sake of his children. "The reason I kept my personal struggle a secret is because I feared that my friends would reject me, abandon... More »

Colo. Church Gunman 'Hated Christians'

Was expelled from missionary school where he killed 2

(Newser) - The gunman at two Colorado church shootings yesterday had been expelled from the missionary school where killed two people, the AP reports. He also sent the school hate mail in recent weeks and may have "hated Christians," police said. The school admitted that it had kicked out the... More »

Colo. Shooter Had Ties to Church

Lone gunman ID'd as ex-mission worker who sent threatening letters

(Newser) - A former mission worker was the shooter in both of yesterday’s Colorado church shootings, CNN reports. The killer, identified as Matthew Murray, worked with Youth With a Mission in Arvada, where the first shooting occurred. The Rocky Mountain News describes Murray as the 24-year-old son of a local neurosurgeon,... More »

4 Shot at Haggard's Colo. Church

Unclear if related to earlier shooting at missionary center 70 miles away

(Newser) - Gunfire struck Colorado Christians a second time today, hitting at least four people in the parking lot of Ted Haggard's New Life Church this afternoon, the AP reports. It was unclear if the incident, in Colorado Springs, was linked to two earlier shooting deaths at a missionary training center 70... More »

4 Men Detail Encounters With Craig

Mike Jones, who outed Haggard, says Craig also paid him for sex

(Newser) - The man who exposed his sexual relationship with evangelist Ted Haggard is now among four men claiming sexual encounters with Larry Craig, the Idaho Statesman reports. Mike Jones, who published a tell-all of his relationship with Haggard, says Craig paid him $200 for sex, while an IT consultant claims the... More »

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