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Ted Haggard's new church will welcome gays:


Haggard said that many may be believe he's "not qualified" to be a pastor again, but he thinks that "because of what we've been through" he's "qualified to help other people in need." Haggard, of course, is referring to 2006, when he admitted to a homosexual affair amid allegations of drug use. He was founder and leader of the evangelical New Life Church at the time, but was excommunicated following the revelations. 

He said that his new church -- St. James Church in Colorado Springs -- will welcome everyone, including those who are "gay, straight, bi, tall, short, whether you're an addict, a recovering addict, or you have an addict in your family."

Whenever I hear about Haggard all I get is tremendous pain. I saw Alexandra Pelosi's piece on him a few years back. It was just depressing. Of course, as I have been told repeatedly, I have the luxury of seeing Haggard that way. He's not out claiming that something at the core of my being is offense against God.

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