Ted Haggard, who can currently be seen on movie screens across the country acting like a total dick in the documentary “Jesus Camp,” was recently outed and ousted as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after a male prostitute revealed to the news media that Haggard was a fan of total dick. And crystal meth. Haggard initially responded by denying all allegations, but after the prostitute said he had voicemail messages, Pastor Ted changed his story to a simple case of massage and meth purchasing between friends, but no buggery. Haggard later stepped down, and in a statement to his church confessed to “sexual immorality,” among other things.
The blogosphere had a field day digging up all the hypocritical statements and footage they could find on Haggard, and one in particular they focused on was a scene from Richard Dawkins’ documentary Root of All Evil that features a heated discussion between Haggard and the Oxford professor.
I was blown away by the conviction with which Dawkins spoke to Ted Haggard. Dude came blazing right out of the gate by comparing Haggard’s sermon to a Nazi gathering. “I was almost reminded of a Nuremberg rally,” Dawkins calmly says to Haggard about the service he just witnessed, “I think Dr. Goebels would have been proud.” Haggard, in turn, appears to have no idea who Dr. Goebels is, and smiles his patented shit-eating grin as he attempts to change course, but Dawkins won’t let him off the hook.
And this is how I came across Richard Dawkins, who in the last few weeks I’ve become increasingly interested in. Dawkins believes that religion is ruining the world, and has written books expressing this view (his most recent, The God Delusion, is currently on The New York Times Bestseller list), as well as a two-part documentary for the BBC. The documentary is a must-see. Dawkins travels the world over, confronting religious nuts of all kinds, arguing science and progressive thought over old texts and faith, and lays out why we would be better off without religion.