Even though Haggard is a flaming hypocrite, the Overseer Board at his church apparently is not.
The Rev. Ted Haggard agreed to resign as leader of the New Life Church after its independent investigative board recommended removal, saying he was guilty "of sexually immoral conduct."
"We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard," a statement from the church said. "Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct."
A man describing himself as an escort told news media this week that Haggard, who also has resigned as president of the influential National Asssociation of Evangelicals, had been paying him for sex for three years.
"Even though Haggard is a flaming hypocrite, the Overseer Board at his church apparently is not."
How do you know? Maybe they just haven't gotten caught yet.
I think it is important to note that he was "dismissed." Many headlines are saying he resigned, but to be precise the man was fired. I wonder if he might find a friend in the ex-governor of NJ?
I'm not so certain yet that they aren't being hypocritical. If they had indications before this of Haggard's problems, then forcing him out when those same problems are public is equally hypocritical. And since the one the claim to serve said he came for the sinners and not the righteous shouldn't the board be looking for how they can help Haggard more than helping their public image?
The three very thoughtful comments are impressive. Hypocracy is a two-edged sword, as you noted, and I risk it myself in my Schadenfreude over the fall of such a hypocrite. Not least when I (and the "commentariat" at large) immediately try to calculate whether it give us "good guys" an advantage in the imminent elections.
Bah! It's too much freaking fun to see a confirmation of our enlightened values! (I likewise tried -- and failed -- to give Jimmy Swaggert [hey: Haggard, Swaggert, more than a chance thing?] the benefit of very little doubt.)
These guys never sin moderately; they go all out! How can we NOT love these sinners, even as we understand their sin way better than they do?