Religion Haggard & Huberty: The Latest
posted by August 27 at 17:25 PMon
The Ted Haggard/Paul Huberty scandal has now hit the Colorado Springs Gazette, the hometown newspaper of the Christian right and Haggard’s New Life Church. The Gazette walks its readers through the you-heard-it-hear-first Huberty angle—the well-to-do Haggard asks his “supporters” to send him money via a convicted sex offender—but the Gazette has some new info.
First, the Gazette seems to be the first news operation that’s gotten some sort of response from Huberty.
In his Monday e-mail, Huberty declined to talk about his criminal past. “My past record from years ago is documented and has nothing to do with Pastor Haggard or with this non-profit organization that seeks to help people in need,” he wrote.
Years ago? Huberty was convicted in Hawaii—the conviction that landed him that state’s sex offenders registry—way, way back in 2004. So, you know, ancient history. Move along, folks, nothing to see here!
The Gazette also breaks the news reports that the “faith-based halfway house” in Phoenix where Haggard said he would be living with his wife and two of his children while he and the wife went back to school—the Dream Center—never agreed to let Haggards move in. Back to the Gazette:
In an e-mail sent to the media and supporters last week, Haggard said he planned to work for the Dream Center, a faith-based halfway house in Phoenix…. Haggard wrote that he and his family would live at the center and that they needed financial support for the next two years as he and his wife finished earning college degrees. In spite of earning $338,000 since the beginning of 2006, he said, “we are looking for people who will help us monthly for two years.”
That announcement came as a surprise to those in charge of the Dream Center, and Haggard will not be working or living there, said the Rev. Leo Godzich, associate pastor at Phoenix First Assembly of God.
Man! The ministers overseeing Haggard’s spiritual restoration are going to have so much to discuss when they get to Phoenix tomorrow!