Ted Haggard resigns

The embattled evangelical leader resigns under the cloud of sexual scandal.

Alex Koppelman
November 5, 2006 4:20AM (UTC)

Just out over the wires: Ted Haggard, the former leader of the influential National Association of Evangelicals, has resigned from his post as the head of the New Life Church he founded.

Haggard, who resigned from the NAE Friday, was all but forced to step down by an independent board of the 14,000-member New Life Church, which concluded, "Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct," and recommended his removal.


Before the disclosure of allegations that over a three-year period Haggard had been having sex with and purchasing methamphetamine from a male escort, the preacher was part of a weekly conference call with the White House.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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