Ted Haggard Sex Scandal
Maybe you remember the Reverend Ted Haggard from the Richard Dawkins documentary, "The Root of All Evil?" He was the pastor of the Colorado megachurch who claimed to talk to President Bush on the phone every week, told Dawkins that he was wrong to trust in science, and eventually kicked Dawkins and his crew off of his church property for "calling his children monkeys" (i.e., talking about evolution). In addition to that performance, Haggard may have been pulling off an Oscar-worthy turn as the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, while in reality pursuing a homosexual relationship over a three-year period with a male prostitute, Mike Jones. From the Times Online:
Mr Jones, 49, said that he had been prompted to make public his claims because of Mr Haggard’s stance on same-sex marriage.
He told local media: "It made me angry that here’s someone preaching about gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay sex," he said.
"I just want people to step back and take a look and say, ’Look, we’re all sinners, we all have faults, but if two people want to get married, just let them, and let them have a happy life.’
Although I personally don't have a problem with Pastor Haggard wanting to explore his sexuality, I think it may have been unwise for him to do so while married with kids, and working as a prominent advocate of Christian morality. But the same thing has happened to other prominent Christian leaders in the country, so I'm not really that surprised.