Sometimes so suddenly, there is God

November 11, 2006

The summer brainwashing session for young children in North Dakota that was spotlighted in the documentary Jesus Camp is shutting down “for at least several years,” partly because of public outrage stemming from the footage of children weeping and speaking in tongues, and partly because of the appearance of Ted “Minister Meth” Haggard in the film:

In one scene, directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady visit Haggard’s 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. He tells the vast audience, “We don’t have to debate about what we should think about homosexual activity. It’s written in the Bible.”

Then Haggard looks into the camera and says kiddingly: “I think I know what you did last night,” drawing laughs from the crowd. “If you send me a thousand dollars, I won’t tell your wife.”

Later, another joke for the filmmakers: “If you use any of this, I’ll sue you.”

The married, 50-year-old father of five admitted in a letter read Sunday to his followers that he was “guilty of sexual immorality.” He has yet to address specific claims by a male escort that Haggard paid him for sex over the past three years . . . Haggard has acknowledged that he paid Mike Jones of Denver for a massage and for methamphetamine, but said he didn’t have sex with Jones and didn’t take the drug.

I just want to thank Meth-Mouth Ted for giving us lefties the perfect rejoinder for the next time some winger makes a crack about Bill Clinton saying he used pot but didn’t inhale.

It’s amusing to note that of all the people who appeared in Jesus Camp, Haggard is the only one who had a beef with the way he came across. The filmmakers made this response.

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