I have absolutely no problem with religious people seeking to fulfill their sexual needs. In fact, I’m pretty sure God wants (or at least expects) them to do it. And Holy Rollers have just as much right to keep their sex lives private as anyone else.
But if you’re going have a three-year relationship with a gay male prostitute, don’t publicly take up a political cause that is harmful, deameaning and just plain unfair to your same-sex playmate. That’s just asking for trouble.
At least Pastor Ted Haggard, a regular advisor to the Bush White House, did the right thing when his hypocrisy came to light. He resigned as president of the influential National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella group representing more than 45,000 US churches with 30 million members. Were only Dubya, VP Halliburton and Ronald Dumsfeld as honorable in admitting their catastrophic failures in leadership.
Still, I think it’s pretty telling that Haggard was quick to admit to buying methamphetmines while initially denying any kind of sexual activity with a man. As a friend wrote to me over the weekend…" Apparently it’s better to be a drug buyer (this guy) or alcoholic (Mark Foley) than gay?" Sadly, in some quarters of the good ol’ US of A, the answer is a resounding yes.
Which is one of the reasons I don’t live there anymore.