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Ted Haggard, minister caught in sex scandal, gets TLC program


If there's a place in this world for the controversial TV personality next door, it's TLC, home of Sarah Palin, the polygamist Sister Wives -- and now, Ted Haggard. According to Entertainment Weekly, the channel will soon premiere "Ted Haggard: Scandalous," a one-hour reality project starring the Christian evangelical minister who's been trying to rebuild his marriage and family since he was caught having an affair with a male prostitute. (If successful, the special has the potential to spin out into a series.)

"My family and I endured the darkest hours imaginable in the public spotlight, and have spent the last four years fighting and struggling to rebuild our lives, our faith and our family," said Haggard in a statement. "Showing the world the new chapter of our lives will hopefully inspire others to find their own path to overcome their struggles and embrace the power of acceptance. The church is open to all, even those who have committed the darkest sins."

This is not the first time Haggard has explored those sins on TV: He has been a guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and was the subject of HBO's documentary "The Trials of Ted Haggard." The latter program showed him attempting (and often failing) to get a new job outside the church. Now it appears he's stopped trying: The special shows Haggard launching his new ministry in Colorado Springs, Colo. — the same town he left after the scandal.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Ted Haggard. Credit: Nora Feller / HBO

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wat about the Meth abuse??

I guess selling your Soul to Satan pays off!

what book is he holding? must be phone numbers to male prostitutes

Headline should read:

"Ted Haggard, minister caught in HOMOSEXUAL sex scandal, gets TLC program"

I would love to see Dana Carvey of SNL fame visit as the Church Lady. Will Sarah make a guest appearance on the show, since they are on the same cable network.

Ted Haggard is a prime example of why and how THE CLOSET can be so devastating to gays and lesbians.
He's not a cautionary tale on the evils of homosexuality, which is what HIS message and that of his supporters are constantly asserting.
He's a GAY man, who can't be himself, and has to prove himself. And his wife, his church community, couldn't care less about not only the toll on HIM, but on every gay person who is expected to do the same.
No one is questioning why, he went into STEREOTYPICAL problems that are EXPECTED for gay people to fall into?
Obviously HE thought this was an inevitable aspect of being gay, rather than the truth, which is...that he can be just as happily committed (with children) with a man, if he'd been TRUE to himself and others.
I'm disgusted that the media is countering this by having the most virulently anti gay people 'debate' on important issues like youth suicides, casual violence and socio/political action that is anti gay.

The most unnatural thing, is such distrust and hostility towards gay people. Being anti gay is a trained indoctrination, not a natural reaction. But for his training, and training OTHERS to be hostile to being gay, his own problems wouldn't have happened.
And were being gay accepted as a morally neutral, biologically based and unchangeable and normal aspect of human sexuality...the most tragic instances around it wouldn't happen either.

Time to block all TLC channels from my cable boxes. First we get Sister Sarah's folksy stupidity and now they want to put this meth head gay basher on.

Regan DuCasse...

Being a closeted gay is one thing. Haggard's blatant hypocrisy in his position as a public figure espousing supposed "family values" is quite another. I don't give a rat's you-know-what about his sexual orientation, or for that matter whatever substances he chooses to pollute his body with. I just don't want him imposing his phony "concern" about such things upon the rest of us.

His new show will be absolutely fabulous and we know he'll have the latest Christian (not Dior) fashions and a wonderful new doo. Perhaps he could borrow
some of those delicious robes from pope.

ArtFart and Regan... you speak as though you actually know something about what he has taught. Yet it's obvious you don't. Please link for us the video of him spewing the hatred you claim him to spew. Please link for us where he has said that homosexuals are lesser people than the rest. Or, do you in your own ignorance assume this is the case, because it's easier for you to sit in your self-righteous (and lazy and ignorant) state judging others, claiming you know best, but not searching out truth yourselves. If he were so hateful toward gays, why would he have lobbied the National Association of Evangelicals to stand AGAINST sodomy laws? Oh, what? You weren't indoctrinated by Soros on that topic? You just took vitriol as truth because it was easier to feel good about how "right" you are and how wrong others are (self-righteousness) than it was to have any semblance of intellectual objectivity? Go ahead and keep parroting what other ignorant people say, maybe you'll convince yourself one day that facts don't matter... in fact, it looks like you're already convinced. Again, post for us his own words where he was hateful toward gays. Post for us his condemnation of others. You claim he did, but the objective fact is that it's not out there. Stay in your black v white world where you are the sole arbiter of truth, it's comfortable there. Don't come out here in to objective reality where facts mess with idealism.

That photo looks badly doctored (looks like they smoothed out his face to make him look younger)

Will the "Real Christians" please stand up. The world and the Church are tired of all this stage preformance. Get off the stage, you are no example. May God help your soul. .


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