Stories like this seem to be very common in the past few years.
The leader of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned Thursday after being accused of paying for sex with a man in monthly trysts over the past three years....
...Mike Jones, 49, of Denver told The Associated Press he decided to go public with his allegations because of the political fight. Jones, who said he is gay, said he was 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," said Jones, who added that he isn't working for any political group.
Jones, whose allegations were first aired on KHOW-AM radio in Denver, claimed Haggard paid him to have sex nearly every month over three years. Jones also said Haggard snorted methamphetamine before their sexual encounters to heighten his experience....
...He said that he last had sex with Haggard in August and that he did not warn him before making his allegations this week.
Jones said he has voice mail messages from Haggard, as well as an envelope he said Haggard used to mail him cash, though he declined to make any of it available to the AP.
"There's some stuff on there (the voice mails) that's pretty damning," he said.
For the record, Haggard denies everything.
Yet this is hardly the first time a staunch, some might say rabid, opponent of civil rights for homosexuals has been outed as secretly homosexual, which is a shame -- or which seems to be shame itself transformed into nationwide politics. Hate -- self-hatred or hate projected towards others -- is a terrible thing.
Does this describe Haggard? I have no idea. Maybe Jones is a crank. This incident seems to fit the pattern. Perhaps time will tell.