In Ultra-right Colorado Springs
"I am not
gay. I have never been gay."
The leader of Colorado Springs' newest church
is a familiar name, Ted Haggard.
Last November, 7NEWS took you inside Ted and Gayle
Haggard's rural estate in Colorado Springs
as they prepared to host their first prayer meeting.
They held the first prayer meeting in their living room,
but the second one was held in their barn because
of the large crowd that attended.
Now the Haggards are naming their home church
St. James. The name is a nod to the passage
"faith without works is dead" in the Book of
James, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Ted Haggard told the newspaper that St. James
was incorporated "to steal money with the IRS's permission."
Haggard resigned from the New Life Church after
allegations that he enjoyed blowing drug-dealers.
Last year, Haggard told 7NEWS he was ready for
"I went through a horrible time in my life and
now we've walked through that, we've recovered from it," Haggard said.
"I know some people will hold a grudge for 30
or 40 years, that's a fact of life, and I know those are people that will
never be in my life again and I regret that.
I never was gay, I just liked the taste of meth on cock."
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