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Ted Haggard’s New Lease on Life—and Very Different New Church


Are you tired of Ted Haggard or do you feel closer to him than ever? For Vanity Fair’s blog, the answer is clearly the former: “Ugh, sanctimonious (former!) meth fiend Ted Haggard, the inventor of Colorado’s New Life Church who stepped down in 2006 following a gay-prostitution/drugs scandal, announced today that he is starting a radical, game-changing new church.” To take a less judgmental tone, Haggard, who was exiled from his Colorado Springs church after the 2006 scandal, is simply looking for a new lease on his religious life. So far, his words don’t sound like run-of-the-mill, conservative, evangelism. “Everyone is welcome: Democrat, Republican, gay, straight, bi, addicts, tall, short,” Haggard says of his new church, dubbed St. James, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. “Jesus’ arms are open to all of us.” Immediate plans for the church are to locate a worship site. “We’ll talk about how to love,” Haggard says. The Los Angeles-based Prenner Group, which has handled publicity for the reality show, “The Girls Next Door,” featuring Playboy models, is handling public relations for Haggard.

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