Well, the news is out. After 3 weeks of intensive counseling, Ted Haggard has discovered that he is 100% heterosexual. Evidently the "feelings he battled that were contrary to his beliefs" disappeared after these sessions. So now, he is going to become a psychologist.
Well, well, well... I've got a bunch of thoughts about this. First, three weeks? Come on. Commitments might be made. Directions chosen. But a complete re-orientation of who a person is in three weeks. Doesn't happen folk. Now, I know that the crowd who believe that gayness can be cured will say that God can do anything... agreed. But, there are some things that God just doesn't do. God doesn't change a person's skin color. God doesn't change a person's gender. God doesn't change a person's orientation. The news is out and Ted is back in... the closet that is. Poor Ted is in for yet another fall and his family will suffer yet again.
Second, I wouldn't send anyone to see a psychologist who is that filled with denial. Nobody with his theology in the position he was in would have risked everything over a fleeting feeling. The Re. Tim Ralph, one of his counselors is quoted as wondering, "Why Haggard chose to act out in that manner is something Haggard and his advisers are trying to discern." I can answer that quickly and easily. There was something deep at his core going on... he is gay. You don't change that in three weeks of counseling. It may very well be that three weeks of brain-washing has him believing what he is saying, but it will come out again.