Thursday, November 02, 2006


Guilty as I feel about it, this piece of news (if true) gives me a small tinge of sadistic pleasure. Ted Haggard, the cult leader-like head of the New Life Church, the man who has a hotline to George Bush, not to mention God, has stepped down among accusations that he paid money for sleeping with a gay man.

Why does this give me sadistic pleasure? Because Pastor Ted Haggard is the same man who disparaged Richard Dawkins when Dawkins went to his congregation, and who claimed that the "eye just was", thus trying to debunk evolution. When Dawkins said that the scientific evidence clearly says that the earth is four and a half billion years old, Haggard said that Dawkins was echoing "some of the views of some portions of the scientific community". In response to his statements and his attitude, when Dawkins flatly told him he knew nothing about evolution, Haggard in turn tried to roundly scold Dawkins for being intellectually arrogant. On second thought, let me embed the video here, which like other Youtube videos on Dawkins's 'The Root of all Evil' is really worth watching.

Face it Haggard, you are only human, and whatever you are, now can you still conclude that God made you in his image? Better to live proudly and face the truth, rather than live under the burden of knowing that God made you a certain way.


Blogger Sumedha said...

I must admit that I share in the guilt :)
I just saw the Dawkins vs Haggard video on youtube a few days ago; this piece of news is incredible!

9:07 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

Yep! In fact, people like Haggard always end up making fools out of themselves, if not for any other reason, by contradicting themselves.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too share the guilt. I have nothing against any particular religon, they all have their pluses and minuses. But religious zealots are truly despicable. Haggard did later confess to buying meth. but claims that he threw it away :). I guess since the Bible does not say which drugs are allowed and which are not, he thought it would be OK.

Speaking in the context of the Bible, it would be fun if the Holy Spirit sends another son today. These folks would refuse to recognize him, and will stick to the Book....just like the Jews did not accept Christ.

7:34 PM  

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