Today’s Message from Ted Haggard, NAE president
The president of the National Association of Evangelicals has responded to an allegation that he had paid for man-to-man sex by resigning. The Rev. Ted Haggard, a vocal opponent of marriage rights for gay people, seems to have an odd sense of how to defend himself from allegations of gross hypocrisy.
After reading the news, I visited the Wikipedia entry on Haggard and found this excerpt of Richard Dawkins’s video essay on Haggard on YouTube. That especially piqued my curiosity because I’m currently reading The God Delusion by Dawkins, which is energetic and interesting, although it frequently goes for the cheap shot when a somewhat higher tone would have done the job. Still, I’m happy to find a book whose author is at least honest about his views and who doesn’t shy from saying he’s an atheist, something that most people have been convinced is somehow rude. (On the other hand, I found odd his mockery of the attempt to test whether prayer has any influence over the chances of patients to recover from illnesses. Yes, I find rather amusing the idea that “God” could assign the prayers to the right recipients, but a double-blind test seems a worthwhile thing to do. That it showed no difference between those who were prayed for and those who were not is no surprise, but the showing that those who knew they were being prayed for did worse than those who did not was mildly interesting. One would think that a scientist would welcome such scientific experiments.)