Pastor Ted's gay lover to kiss and tell

Fallen evangelical power broker Ted Haggard's ex-prostitute, Mike Jones, has signed a deal to write a "sexually explicit" book about their relationship. Jones is likely tantalizing James Dobson with his comment that the kiss and tell memoir will also describe encounters with "other people who are similar."

Meanwhile, Haggard's former church, New Life, has fired another pastor, Christopher Beard, for unspecified sexual misconduct. The press accounts are fuzzy, but the gist seems to be that nine years ago, before he was married, Beard -- are you sitting down? -- slept with another unmarried person. The vagueness of the charge leaves open the possibility Beard's being punished for having violated the youth ministry's abstinence pledge (he was a youth ministry leader) or that he slept with another man. Only in the repressed world of Colorado Springs would either innocent occurrence be grounds for firing. Expect the purging to continue until there are enough sinners in rehab to start a new church of their own.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.