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Haggard Goes ‘Below the Belt’





QUOTE: “If you’re going to come out and begin a new life, why would you choose an HBO documentary, then meet with the liberal Hollywood press? The fact that he’s attacking the church or New Life Church, when they did so much to help him and his family, is below the belt.” —Focus on the Family executive H.B. London, on the recent tactics of former New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, who last week held a press conference in Los Angeles to promote the upcoming documentary The Trials of Ted Haggard. Produced by Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi), the HBO special follows Haggard in the months after his fall and includes him ranting against a church that “has said go to hell” and “chose not to forgive me.” London was involved in counseling Haggard through a restoration process, which the high-profile minister prematurely broke off, according to multiple sources. Haggard is scheduled to tape a show with Oprah Winfrey later this week that will air later this month. [AP, 1/10/09]

 

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