The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Rev. Ted Haggard. He gets the award for the following.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An independent oversight board dismissed the Rev. Ted Haggard as senior pastor of the megachurch he founded, determining the influential evangelist had committed "sexually immoral conduct."All clergy are humans but Haggard was is a hypocrite too. There are far too many of these in religion today. Here are two other examples.
The board's decision Saturday cuts Haggard off from leadership of the 14,000-member New Life Church.
He had resigned two days earlier as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, where he held sway in Washington and condemned homosexuality, after a Denver man claimed to have had drug-fueled trysts with him. He also placed himself on administrative leave from the New Life Church, but its Overseer Board took the stronger action Saturday.
"Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct," the board said in a statement.
Haggard was informed of the decision and "agreed as well that he should be dismissed," the statement said.
The Rev. Ross Parsley will lead the church until a permanent replacement is chosen by the end of the year, it said. A letter explaining Haggard's removal and an apology from him was to be read at Sunday services.
Haggard, 50, on Friday acknowledged paying the Denver man, Mike Jones, for a massage and for methamphetamine, but said he did not have sex with him and did not take the drug.
He did not answer his home or mobile phones Saturday.
Rev. Ted Haggard is today's Knucklehead of the day.
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