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Sunday, June 03, 2007

Expose: the Hypocrisy of (Some) Fundies et al

Granny usually posts on Gay and Lesbian issues but now and then I have to put in my two-bits worth, not specifically on the gay issue but on sneaky, lying, two faced hypocrites (like our president who speeches to the public one thing, and does the opposite in practise). I believe in "STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN", and using religion as a cover is reprehensible.

If a person is truly so righteous and sanctimonious, he had best remember "God is not mocked" . Ofcourse all one has to do is repent, get forgiven and all is holy again -- like Jimmy Swaggart getting busted with his "business ladies of the oldest profession", weeping on TV "I have sinnnnned!" Then promptly getting caught again in the same sneaky doings.

Yes, yes I know, forgive 70 X 7. But the caveat is that the repentance must be sincere.
Merely wailing "I'm sorry" doesn't count if you are just trying to get out of trouble. Your family, friends and the public might not know if you are truly repentant, but according to your Christian beliefs, God knows your heart and he knows if you are a lying sack of ** and if you are, you are not forgiven.

Personally I have no problem with what consenting adults do in private; that's their business. I had an unspoken agreement with my gay friends and co-workers, "I won't pry into your sex life and you don't pry into mine". I am a rather private person but if something comes up, I will freely testify to my beliefs and actions; I don't hide it. When a certain person tried to question me regarding a private matter, I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "Don't ask me unless you are prepared to hear the truth because you will darned well get it!" I suppose he thought he'd get tears and lies and denials. Apparently he wasn't prepared for the truth because he clammed up.

The worst part of this closet gay business is being hypocritical about it. If a person prefers to remain private about any matter, that's their business, but to persecute and advocate against something you sneakily do yourself is being a low-down, yellow bellied cur.

Hooray for this young man who outed that hypocrite Haggard!!


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Sex, Ted Haggard & The Stars 'N' Stripes Thong
Posted by Guest Blogger at 7:19 AM on June 1, 2007.
Cara DeGette: The man who outed right-wing evangelist Ted Haggard tells all.

This post, written by Cara DeGette, originally appeared on Colorado Confidential
"Mike Jones tells his story with such simplicity, unguarded openness and vulnerability that you feel like you know him and would like to know him better," says actress Judith Light, in an advance promo testimonial.

OK so far. Let's open up the book. Whoa! Talk about cutting right to the chase! We're immediately introduced to the guy who calls himself "Art from Kansas City."

"Within minutes, the man with the light brown hair lay naked on my massage table. Silhouetted by the light from just one candle, he lay on his stomach with his arms at his sides ... He was both excited and nervous about what was going to happen..."

Yes, barely six months after the male escort from Denver brought Pastor Ted Haggard to his knees for the last time, Jones' expose is ready to hit the bookstores. And to call it a bit of a potboiler is a monumental understatement. Do we really need to know the guy this well?
We're all familiar with the story: Haggard, the anti-gay president of the 30-million member National Association of Evangelicals; close pal of George W.; leader of the mega New Life Church in Colorado Springs -- and his alter-ego "Art" (Haggard's middle name is Arthur) who allegedly likes to go to Denver about once a month to visit Jones, snort a little meth and get a little $200-a-pop homo-erotic lovin'.

Jones promised his expose would be heavy on the details -- and boy does he deliver! There's lots of French kissing, crotch nuzzling, porn-watching (evolving from the vanilla porn where the guys "giggle a lot," to the hard-core man sex stuff). There is "Art"'s little canvas bag full of sex toys, and how he pays to watch Jones having sex with another man. How he prefers just one tea candle.

There are the tender parts, where he says stuff to Jones like, "I feel like we made a connection," and how "Art" really gets a kick out of trying on Jones' "Stars 'n' Stripes" thong. Interwoven through the book are chapters about Jones; his childhood, his family -- particularly his beloved mother, who died last year -- and growing up in Colorado and becoming a bodybuilder and male escort. There is the weirdness of the meth -- and how excited it seemed to make "Art." Over time, "Art" emotionally gets needier.

And for some reason, "Art" always seems to "scurry" to the bathroom afterward.
He never bounds off to the bathroom. He never lopes, he never saunters, he never strolls, he never strides. He never ambles or totters or sprints or scampers or darts or dashes to the bathroom. He never crawls.
No, "Art" scurries, it seems, just about every time. Needless to stay, the description really sticks with you.

The exceedingly good news, however, is that, Jones never, ever describes Haggard as "a pouting sex kitten" sitting "athwart" his chest.

One day, the previously oblivious Jones is watching TV during a workout at the gym, and on comes "Art" -- who Jones immediately recognizes as Haggard. He gets madder and madder about the hypocrisy of the evangelical preacher lying on his massage table. Haggard was, at the time, a vocal supporter of Colorado's Amendment 43, to restrict marriage to between a man and woman only. [ WA: and preached from his pulpit against the "sin" of homosexuality. ]

So Jones eventually decides to commit the ultimate no-no in male escorthood and out his client, for the greater good. He peddles his story around, to Channel 9 and to Westword, without much luck at first. Then he goes on the Peter Boyles show and to use just one more tired cliché, the rest is history. Haggard gets fired, goes off to Arizona to get "cured" WA: check out this link!] and Jones is variously treated like a hero and like a leper. He goes to New Life Church for a Sunday service and is welcomed with open arms.

And he gets a quick-turnaround book deal. Which brings us to June. Beginning in just a couple short weeks, Jones will launch his national book tour, beginning in New York, where he'll be talking about his time with "Art," and promoting his expose, "I Had To Say Something: The Art Of Ted Haggard's Fall," published by Seven Stories Press.
He has two Colorado dates currently scheduled: June 18 in Denver and June 19 in Colorado Springs.
How time flies.

Tagged as: religious right, haggard
Cara DeGette is a senior fellow at Colorado Confidential, and a columnist and contributing editor at the Colorado Springs Independent.
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