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rev. ted haggard to undergo reparation therapy

did you see this coming a mile off, like i did?

i know he’s a hypocrite, and i know he’s done irreparable damage to gay rights through his support of anti-gay initiatives, and i know he’s a liar, and a scumbag, and every other pejorative word you could come up with.

but today i read that rev. ted haggard will evidently be subjected to reparation therapy as part of his “recovery process”.

and his therapy will be supervised by Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.

that’s not something i’d wish on my worst enemy, really, even though rev. ted haggard comes as close to my worst enemy as anyone does.

from the article:

The counseling process, called restoration, could take years, said H.B. London, vice president for church and clergy at Focus on the Family, a Colorado Springs-based ministry.

“I think it may be more in helping to set the requirements of the restoration, set the ground rules,” London told The Associated Press.

they may call it “restoration”, but that’s just a code word for ex-gay therapy.

i’m going to pray for ted haggard. i’m going to pray that he finds the strength to become whoever he is, honestly, deep in his heart.

i suspect that deep down there he’s a gay man. i hope someday he can face that truth, and be comfortable and happy with it.

i have a feeling, though, that all this therapy will “cure” him, and he’ll end up being as deeply unhappy and repressed as he is now.

update: rev. james dobson has withdrawn from the team. the reparation itself continues.