YAS (Yet Another Scandal)
Pastor Ted Haggard, An evangelical minister strongly opposed to gay marriage (and, presumably, drugs) resigned among allegations that he’d been having a three-year affair with a male prostitute who supplied him with methamphetamine.
Initially denying all, he has since amended his denial to gay sex, only. He did, after all, purchase methamphetamine (but didn’t take it, ‘course) and enjoyed one relaxing massage.
Pastor Haggard was the president of the American Association of Evangelicals (roughly 30 million members) and the minister of the New Life Church (approximately 14,000 members) at the time the allegations arose.
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Sex scandals involving evangelists are old hat. Depending on your age, you may remember Jimmy Swaggart’s lip-trembling confession (prostitute) and the PTL Club’s downfall (fraud, conspiracy, church secretary Jessica Hahn).
In July, 2005 Ms Hahn informed Larry King that Tammy Faye Messner (of PTL Ministries, then Tammy Faye Bakker) had been having an affair, so hubby Jim Bakker and associate John Fletcher drugged her drink, then raped her.
Her allegations — and allegations of Bakker’s homosexuality coming from peers such as John Ankerberg eight years after the fact helped to bring down Bakker’s empire; serious financial abuses were discovered, and Jim Bakker was sentenced to serve 45 years, but ultimately spent just over five years in prison.
Tammy Faye Messner is currently in a hospice care with inoperable lung cancer (initially spread from her colon).