The Haggard, Conservative Evangelical Voter
It's hard not to render a satirical opinion about Ted Haggard, the politically influential Colorado preacher who has been accused of using methamphetamine and of having a three-year sexual relationship with a former male escort from Denver. Haggard admitted he had bought meth, but denied using it and likewise denied having sex with the escort who turned him in (and who apparently told him where to get drugs.)
A minor note in this whole affair which I found of interest is the kind of viewpoint that people in his church exhibit concerning the political process. Here is a quote from a woman (Janette Wilson) who knew haggard 19 years:
"It's a political ploy by Satan himself and his minions to try and take the focus off the real issues of the election."How despicable is this kind of political analysis from right-wing, religious voting Republicans. Consider the context: A journalist is interviewing this woman, and the most immediate, relevant comment she gives is about Satan and his minions. The whole idea that an evil entity from a non-material dimension has a singular plan to thwart a political party by making a very conservative preacher publically admit his petty vices would be comic if there were not millions of plebeian voters who think along lines likeunto this pitiful woman. Stipulate there are both angels and devils. Wouldn't this be more like an angel which appears and points out a hypocrite's sin? Maybe I should have taken more theology in Seminary.
I can only image how the founders and framers of the constitution would wonder at the horrendous link between church and state which we endure today in the US. Just a bit of review:
"The U.S. Constitution is a wholly secular document. It contains no mention of Christianity or Jesus Christ. In fact, the Constitution refers to religion only twice in the First Amendment, which bars laws 'respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' and in Article VI, which prohibits 'religious tests' for public office. Both of these provisions are evidence that the country was not founded as officially Christian."The quote above is from an excellent article written by the organization, Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I'm sure it's not on the top of every conservative, evangelical Christian's reading list.
[image:] BBC News Online
 By Carol McGraw and Paul Asay "I am a deceiver and a liar" The
Gazette ;Colorado Springs. (Accessed 11/3/2006)
 "Is America A 'Christian Nation'? Religion, Government And
Individual Freedom" Americans United for Separation of Church and
State. (Accessed 11/03/06)