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Quotes from the Haggard scandal


"I felt it was my responsibility to my fellow brothers and sisters, that I had to take a stand, and I cannot sit back anymore and hear to me [what] is an anti-gay message."

Mike Jones, a male escort from Denver, who alleged on-air to Denver talk-show host Peter Boyles last week that he had gay sex with and sold illegal drugs to the Rev. Ted Haggard

"I've never had a gay relationship with anybody, and I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife."

Haggard in his initial denial of allegations on 9News in Denver

"He's the big buck in the herd, and he has a bull's eye on him, and anyone can take a shot."

Pastor Dave Davis, of Living Springs Worship Center in Colorado Springs, expressing disbelief about the allegations in an interview late last week with the Independent

"Hi Mike, this is Art [Haggard's middle name]. Hey, I am here in Denver and sorry that I missed you. As I said, if you want to go ahead and get the stuff, then that would be great, and then I'll get it sometime next week or the week after or whatever."

voicemail to Jones allegedly left by Haggard

"I was tempted, but I never used it."

Haggard, in a later admission to news organizations that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from Jones

"I am a deceiver and a liar. There is part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I've been warring against it all of my adult life. ... The accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from ministry."

Ted Haggard in a statement read Sunday by Pastor Larry Stockstill to New Life Church congregants

"We started this journey together and with the grace of God, we will finish together. ... For those of you who have been concerned that my marriage was so perfect I could not possibly relate to the women who are facing great difficulties, know that this will never again be the case. My test has begun; watch me."

Gayle Haggard, Ted Haggard's wife, in a statement read Sunday by Pastor Larry Stockstill to New Life Church congregants

"The media is just salivating out there, it seems, over yet another example of what they see as hypocrisy. And it takes me back to the Jimmy Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart period of time when all of Christiandom was condemned, it seemed, because of the misbehavior of those two religious leaders."

James Dobson, leader of Focus on the Family, on his Monday broadcast, following Haggard's removal from New Life Church

"Evangelicals have to acknowledge that there are people in our own churches who struggle with this temptation. Including leaders. We all know Ted has struggled with this issue. That shouldn't be a big surprise. The gay community resents it when we don't acknowledge it. And he did."

Richard Cizik, the vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, as quoted by after Haggard was removed

"No pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism than does Pastor Ted, and no church more than New Life."

Harper's magazine article, May 2005

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