COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) -- The Rev. Ted Haggard agreed Saturday to resign as leader of the New Life Church after its independent investigative board said he was guilty of "sexually immoral conduct."
"We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard," a statement from the church said.
"Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct."
Haggard, 50, and his wife were informed of the decision, the statement said, and "they have agreed as well that he should be dismissed."
The church's statement said the investigation would continue to determine the extent of Haggard's misconduct.
President Bush, of course, has already been distancing himself from Haggard. Surprise, surprise.
But check out this paragraph from an article in Harper's Magazine:
Pastor Ted, who talks to President George W. Bush or his advisers every Monday, is a handsome forty-eight-year-old Indianan, most comfortable in denim. He likes to say that his only disagreement with the President is automotive; Bush drives a Ford pickup, whereas Pastor Ted loves his Chevy. In addition to New Life, Pastor Ted presides over the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), whose 45,000 churches and 30 million believers make up the nation's most powerful religious lobbying group, and also over a smaller network of his own creation, the Association of Life-Giving Churches, 300 or so congregations modeled on New Life's “free market” approach to the divine.
Pastor Ted will serve as NAE president for as long as the movement is pleased with him...
I guess the movement isn't pleased with him now.