News New Dirt on New Life?
posted by August 10 at 12:18 PMon
Mike Jones is the male escort—former male escort—who outed Ted Haggard, shortly before the 2006 mid-term elections. A good friend of George W. Bush, Haggard was the founding pastor of New Life Church, a mega-church located in Colorado Springs, and the head of the American Association of Evangelicals.
After a long, drawn-out process (and a brief witch hunt), New Life Church announced the appointment of a new pastor on July 31. Brady Boyd, the associate pastor of some godforsaken mega-church in Texas somewhere, starts manning the pulpit at New Life Church at the end of the month. After the appointment was announced Jones wrote to Boyd and requested a meeting. He wanted to ask Boyd if New Life Church would continue to preach homophobia and engage in anti-gay political activities. After three emails, Jones finally got an answer from Boyd: “No I cannot meet with you please contact my attorney.”
Then a New Life attorney started calling Jones.
“He asked me why I would want to meet with his client,” says Jones. “I told him I would like to discuss some issues privately with the pastor. I told him they need to meet with me, that I wanted to discuss some issues regarding homosexuality and his new church.” No meeting was offered, but there were more follow-up calls from the attorneys. “Boyd can’t read between the lines,” says Jones, “but his attorneys can.”
And just what exactly is going on between the lines?
Jones visited New Life Church in January of 2007, a visit he wrote about in his book, I Had to Say Something. “I have never said this to the press or to anyone,” says Jones, “but I saw a lot more than gay art work in the church. I saw several familiar faces. If they have learned nothing from this last year and continue with the hate and damnation, then I guess I will have to write, I Had to Say Something, Again.”
New Life’s lawyer did offer to respond to questions that Jones submitted in writing. No dice, says Jones, who insists on a face-to-face meeting with New Life’s new pastor. “Who else is in a position to go down there and confront them?” asks Jones. “I am not afraid to do it.
“I do not want any more individuals or families to be ruined,” Jones adds, “but we must have honest discussions.”