Thursday, February 12, 2009

This week's show: Interview with Mike Jones

Thanks to everyone who pledged to WORT during our show on Wednesday. We met our goal for the show, but WORT continues to need listener support more than ever in this unpredictable economy. In other words, if you have any more money to throw our way, we'll take it.

We had a great interview with Mike Jones, former escort to Ted Haggard, the one-time anti-gay activist and head of the 30-million member National Association of Evangelicals who was forced to resign in 2006 after Jones made it public that Haggard had been hiring him for sex. (Haggard initially denied the claim, but has since admitted being sexually involved with Jones. On a recent episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Haggard described himself as "heterosexual with issues.")

We talked with Jones about his book I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall, recent information that has come to light about Haggard's pursuit of a male parishioner and the likelihood that additional relationships will come to light. We also talked about the surprising feedback Jones has received from people on the religious right, with many thanking him for making them face the hypocrisy in their movement and telling him privately that the evangelical church needs to take a more positive approach to homosexuality. (Now the only thing that needs to happen is for more of these church members to integrate their private beliefs and actions into their public personae.)

We're sorry to report that, due to technical issues, the second half of the show was not recorded and therefore doesn't appear in the archived or podcast version. If anyone out there recorded it the old-school way, let us know.

We'll be offering I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fall as a pledge premium during next week's show.

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