This election cycle is remarkable for the large number of public figures who, having held up their party as the bastion of morality and themselves exemplars of righteousness, have feet of clay. Ecclesiastes 7:16: "Be not righteous overmuch."
Old Colorado City
Alternative education director
What was your reaction to the Haggard story? Bemused, because of the image that people like him impose on the larger community.
Haggard denies using the meth he bought. Does this bring anything to mind? Sounds exactly like Clinton insisting he didn't inhale. Pastor Ted should take a lie detector test, just like his accuser.
Is Haggard's political influence ended? A few supporters will abandon ship, but he's been a huge figure among Christian conservatives.
What would you say to Haggard? Practice a little more kindness and tolerance from here on out.
Should he be held accountable, or should he be forgiven? He's been such a self-righteous Bible- pounder and holier-than-thou conservative that he should have to swallow a little of the medicine he's prescribed for others.
What was your reaction to the Haggard story? Sadness. I'm a former evangelical who used to picket bookstores and such, thinking they were bad for the community. But I've learned to let go. Live and let live. He held others up to standards that he didn't accept for himself.
Is his political influence shot? Probably not, given all the things that Bush has gotten away with in his past. People still line up to vote for him, and in the name of God.
If you could say one thing to Haggard, what would it be? I can train you to paint for your new career, bro.
Should he be held accountable, or should he be forgiven? If I were in his shoes, I'd want some forgiveness. Not being in his shoes, I'd like to see some accountability.
Music store sales manager
What was your reaction when this story broke? I wasn't surprised in the least. He's not the first evangelist to be caught in this sort of thing.
Did you believe Clinton's claim about not inhaling? He inhaled.
Do you believe Haggard about not using the meth he purchased? Not for a second.
Is Haggard finished as a political influence? His followers have strong beliefs about unmarried sex and gay rights, and he proved himself a hypocrite. It's called practicing what you preach.
What would you say to him face to face? "Judge not, lest ye be judged."