Left: Evangelist Ted Haggard
(Colorado Springs, CO) Evangelical leader Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a gay prostitute who went public with charges that the outspoken gay marriage opponent engaged in a 3-year homosexual affair.
Speaking to reporters outside his home, Haggard denied the sex allegations but acknowledged that he did buy meth from the man because he was curious.
"I bought it for myself but never used it," Haggard said. "I was tempted, but I never used it."
This rings even more hollow than Bill Clinton's "I didn't inhale" disclaimer, especially given the fact that 49-year-old male prostitute Mike Jones has multiple taped messages from Haggard making arrangements to pick up the "stuff."
Left: Male prostitute Mike Jones
And let's face it - $100 to $200 worth of crystal meth is hardly "experimentation," as Haggard claims - this is enough crank to keep a regular user wired for a couple of days, or be one hell of a bender for a recreational user.
I also suspect that we are only seeing the proverbial tip of the iceberg (pun fully intended), as there will likely be other men and other meth dealers involved. I wouldn't be surprised if Haggard has a full-blown meth addiction that he's been covering up - meth is notoriously addictive.
Still, the disgraced Haggard should be allowed to fade into obscurity, provided he chooses not to participate in a high-profile campaign of public flagellation.
If, however, Haggard wants to follow in the footsteps of the tearful public confession of sin by Jimmy Swaggart, he'd better admit to more than "I never snorted the crank I bought" and "that male prostitute massaged me, but never banged me."