UPDATE: On November 4, Pastor Haggard, who is featured in the documentary Jesus Camp, admitted that he had lied to and misled reporters in recent interviews, and that he has had a "lifelong sexual problem." Haggard called himself a "deceiver and a liar" in a letter read to his congregation by Pastor Larry Stockstill, a member of the board of overseers of the 14,000 member New Life church that on Saturday fired Haggard for sexual misconduct. Haggard founded the church 20 years ago.

Mike Jones, the former prostitute who's outing of Haggard started the ball rolling on all this controversy, said that he decided to come forward and expose the religious leader when he realized who Haggard was -- and because Haggard has publicly backed the amendment against gay marriage on the Colorado ballot on Tuesday. "For someone who is up there preaching that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, and he's going behind his wife's back and seeing a gay man for sex -- I felt like I owed it to the gay community to expose the hypocrisy," Jones said.

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The controversy just won't stop swirling around documentary Jesus Camp, about children attending an Evangelical Christian camp. Just last week, we reported that Pastor Becky Fisher, who ran the Kids on Fire Christian Camp featured in the film, had shut the camp down after attacks of vandalism in the wake of the film's release. Yesterday came the more shocking news that Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the 30,000,000 strong National Association of Evangelicals, had placed himself on administrative leave from his church and stepped down from his position as president of the Association, in the aftermath of a stories on Denver talk radio and in the Denver Post that alleged the good pastor -- who has openly spoken out against homosexuals -- had been caught buying meth from a gay escort.

Haggard, who had recently attempted to distance himself from Jesus Camp (see the filmmakers' response to Haggard), at first vehemently denied the accusations made by Mike Jones of Denver in interviews on Denver talk radio and to the Denver post that he had had monthly sex with Haggard, who is married with five children, over a course of three years, and that Haggard used meth during their encounters. Just yesterday, Haggard's coworkers at his New Life Church were supporting him and declaring Jones' accusations to be patently untrue. Today, though, Haggard admitted to reporters that he had contacted Jones about purchasing meth, and that it is, in fact, his voice on the voice mail tapes that Jones had produced as evidence, but denied using the meth (see video of Haggard admitting to some of the allegations).

An email sent out by acting pastor of New Life Ross Parsley, printed in the Denver Post today, said in part, "the board of overseers has met with Pastor Ted. It is important for you to know that he confessed to the overseers that some of the accusations against him are true."

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[via Movie City Indie ]