Monday, December 22, 2008

A Christmas Story in the Making?

Huffington Post has a story today about the soon to be released HBO documentary, "The Trials of Ted Haggard". Now, full disclosure: the primary reason I left the Republican Party was because of the moral posturing of church leaders like Haggard and others (Rod Parsley, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, etc.). However, my initial schadenfreude over Haggard's fall from the graces of the religious right (for details, see here), I just can't bring myself to be happy about someone's misfortunes, especially when they're tied to intolerance (even their own). Here's hoping, if for no other reasons than the welfare of his children and the potential example it could set, Mr. Haggard experiences some level of redemption and grace that guides him to a deeper understanding of why we should be celebrating the ideal of Christmas, believers and non-believers alike.