I am writing in response to Dennis Prager’s article about homosexual marriage and the Rev. Ted Haggard (“Opposing homosexual ‘marriage’ is not hypocritical,” Nov. 13 edition).
I usually find myself in complete agreement with Mr. Prager, but I think he is really stretching to make his case.
First, as to my position on the subject, I prefer a compromise as many states have done, legalizing homosexual unions with the economic benefits of marriage, but without officially authorizing the term marriage for their unions.
I believe that many if not most homosexuals are that way by their nature, not by some immoral choice. So as to Mr. Haggard, there is most definitely hypocrisy in someone who so openly opposed homosexual marriage secretly carrying on a three-year homosexual relationship.
Mr. Prager states, “He (Haggard) believed at the time of his homosexual activities, and he believes now, that homosexual sex is a sin.”
Frankly, Mr. Prager, you don’t really know what this man believes.
How convenient it is for Mr. Haggard to denounce his own activity as sinful. I’ve seen this act before with Jimmy Swaggert when he got caught repeatedly with prostitutes.
It’s not like he fell into it on an afternoon. This activity took a lot of careful planning.
So I’m inclined to believe that Mr. Haggard is indeed a hypocrite. His public opposition to homosexual marriage is utterly without substance given his private behavior.
I think it is important for conservatives to defend their views without bending logic as Mr. Prager has done here. Regardless of your view of homosexuality and marriage, Mr. Haggard will never be a poster boy for any legitimate position on this subject.