Wow, Ted Haggard apparently was healed of his homosexuality in just three weeks. Focus on the Family outsourced the healing to an undisclosed location outside of Phoenix.
Perhaps like recent improvements to chemotherapy, ex-gay therapy today is stronger, more directed and with less awful side-effects (like say vomiting, hair loss, memory loss, weight loss–although at Love in Action we all experienced weight GAIN, but that other stuff too). Hmmm, I somehow doubt it.
And here I spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents trying to straighten myself out and at best I lived as a “healthy celibate ex-gay” for a year or two at a stretch before having a tumble only to get back on that ex-gay pony again. But then Haggard did go to Phoenix for treatment while I ended up in Memphis. Maybe the dry desert air is good for more than just arthritis. I doubt it.
I am not the only one who has doubts about the claims made by Haggard’s handlers.
Alan Chambers of Exodus appeared on CNN’s Cooper Anderson’s program last night where he raised doubts about the sudden transformation and also affirmed the existence of gay Christians. Yes, we too exist. Ex-gay Watch has a transcript of it.
Of course it sounds like Haggard’s handlers may be claiming that he was never gay to begin with, he was just acting out in a homosexual way.
I mention here how Ted Haggard, in his fall in his ministry is my brother in shame, but in his rapid recovery, apparently not so much, well, not yet.
Update: Jim Burroway over at Box Turtle Bulletin provides some more analysis on remarks made on CNN last night. Looking at the NYC papers today, this story gets mentioned EVERY WHERE. Ted Haggard’s spokesman should have consulted the image and PR folks at Exodus before coming out with such ridiculous statements.