Haggard's cure claim greeted by skepticism

Experts on both sides of debate doubtful
Claims by one of Ted Haggard’s spiritual overseers that he is now “100 percent heterosexual” should be taken with a significant grain of salt, according to experts with differing opinions on the value of “ex-gay” or sexual-reorientation therapy.

In November Haggard stepped down as president of the National Association of Evangelicals—and was forced to resign as pastor of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, megachurch he founded 22 years before.

The moves came following allegations from a Denver male prostitute that Haggard had paid him for sex and crystal methamphetamine over a three-year period. Haggard initially denied the claims but later admitted “sexual immorality” to his congregation. He then went into a period of counseling with a board of overseers appointed by his congregation, New Life Church.

One of those overseers, Tim Ralph, said in a February 6 Denver Post interview that Haggard is now straight, after three weeks of counseling.


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