November 6, 2006
The Rev. Haggard Story
Wow.... There's a guy in pain. Rev. Haggard must have a lot of self-hate to place himself in the position of a powerful evangelical minister, trying in desperation to deny that he is gay, declaring that homosexuality is sinful, denouncing his own feelings as evil. So, he turns in secrecy to a prostitute. It's easy to believe that he also may have indulged in the drugs to ease his anguish. I can't help but feel compassion for him, even though in his denial and self-delusion, he spread his pain to many, many people. He needs a great deal of help, and I hope he can allow himself reach out to those who can help him find healing and acceptance.