PZ Myers of Pharyngula blog is a strident atheist. He is a biology professor who promotes Darwinian propaganda materials. Besides his usual Darwinian misrepresentation of science he likes to show his ignorance of religion, philosophy and Christianity.
” conservative evangelical organization” ? Is that Myers’ characterization or Salon’s I don’t know, but being the blowhard that he is, it is hard to imagine if he disagrees with that characterization he would not correct it. If Myers has any knowledge of Haggard and Christianity, he would know that neither his New Life Church nor NAE could be considered as conservative. This is just Myers bloviating from ignorance again.
I don’t know if Haggard is guilty of the accusation of homosexual acts or not, but the political implication is certainly not a point to be ignored. Even Myers sees the political implication of Haggard’s accusations.
Why don’t we instead see Haggard’s sanctimonious lies, his authoritarian appropriation of the church for the Republican party, ” as the real crimes here?
What a hypocrite. Does he not recognize his own crime of propagandizing for Atheism and the Democratic Party? He uses his name as a professor of the University of Minnesota, which receives government funding to promote his own philosophical and political agenda. That is the real crime.
Here is a quote from the AP story.
Jones said he decided to go public because he was also upset when he discovered Haggard and the New Life Church had publicly opposed same-sex marriage.
“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,'” said Jones, who added that he isn’t working for any political group.
Jones claimed that Haggard, 50, paid him to have sex nearly every month over three years. He said he advertised himself as an escort on the Internet and was contacted by a man who called himself Art, who snorted methamphetamine before their sexual encounters to heighten his experience
Jones claims to be having this homosexual relationship with Haggard for over 3 years. Did he just found out about Haggard’s hypocrisy? If Jones knew about Haggard’s hypocrisy earlier why didn’t he come out earlier, instead of waiting just before the election of a ban on gay marriage? I am no fan of Haggard but the timing of this accusation is highly dubious.