Ted Haggard, he who used to be president of the rabidly homophobic National Association of Evangelicals, is slowly but inexorably heading in the direction his maker destined for him: acceptance that his homosexuality is not a sin even though the hypocrisy he showed by condemning homosexuals while he was sleeping with male prostitutes likely angered his creator.
Here is our Haggard postulating about gay unions:
“The word marriage is a big deal to people of faith,” Haggard told the magazine. “We’ve made it sacred. That’s why I believe that churches, synagogues, mosques and temples should have total freedom to have whatever types of unions they believe is godly.”
“But I think that we as a democratic society, as a constitutional republic – if we don’t respect individual civil liberties, then we’re making a horrific mistake. The church is in the early stages of another ‘the Earth is flat’ crisis. I say to all religious people that we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry on the subject. Or we’re going to be embarrassed in another 10 or 20 years,” he added.
Well, well, well! Talk about a gradual transformation on the road to Damascus.
As they say, it is not where a man has been, but where he is going, that really matters. Keep going Ted, please keep going.