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Crazy Lou Sheldon: we knew Haggard was gay

Isn’t this interesting. It’s an article in the The Jewish Week, “Christian Right Agenda In Shambles After GOP Defeat,” which contains a lengthy interview with barely-sane fundie Lou Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition.

Apparently he and others in the bible-beating leadership knew of Ted’s “proclivities” but felt powerless to do anything, hoping that the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals hypocrite wouldn’t be exposed and destroy their movement.

For a man witnessing a debacle in real time, Rev. Louis Sheldon, a leader of the Christian Right political movement, sounded amazingly sanguine Tuesday night – even as an early AP exit poll indicated that almost one-third of white Evangelicals chose a Democrat for Congress.

…The scandals have come one after another for the political party he and others in the Christian right consider theirs: Reps. Randy Cunningham (R-Calif.), who pleaded guilty to bribery last November; Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), who pleaded guilty to corruption and conspiracy charges last month after accepting lavish gifts for favors; Jack Abramoff, the convicted fundraiser and briber who provided many of those gifts — and to whom Sheldon himself was linked through payments he received from an Abramoff client, an Internet gambling firm; and, perhaps most upsettingly for the author of The Homosexual Agenda to Change America,” Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who was forced to resign his seat after the disclosure of his uninvited sexual communications with male congressional interns.

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Then, as if things could not get worse, there was the disgrace of Sheldon’s own friend and colleague, Rev. Ted Haggard, the Colorado mega-church leader and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an even bigger pillar of Republican support on the Christian right. Sheldon disclosed that he and “a lot” of others knew about Haggard’s homosexuality for awhile … but we weren’t sure just how to deal with it.”

Months before a male prostitute publicly revealed Haggard’s secret relationship with him, and the reverend’s drug use as well, Ted and I had a discussion,” explained Sheldon, who said Haggard gave him a telltale signal then: He said homosexuality is genetic. I said, no it isn’t. But I just knew he was covering up. They need to say that.”

Hoo-boy, he’s a piece of work. They hid their “little problem” rather than expose their hate movement’s shortcomings to the faithful for political reasons. What a surprise.

Hat tip, Patrick.

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