Evangelists Behaving Badly, Part Eleventy-Three
I suppose there's not much to add here that hasn't already been said elsewhere on the blogosphere about evangelist Ted Haggard's fall from grace. (Haggard was featured here earlier in this clip from the documentary, "The Root of All Evil?" where he had a confrontation with atheist Richard Dawkins.)
Why is this a seemingly common problem among the more vocal religious leaders (and ironically, the more conservative and anti-gay ones)? My guess is a lot of them are suffering from projection. Being more attuned to their own personal demons, they subsequently project their own perspective onto the rest of the world. Or they feel as though joining the ministry or clergy will help keep their demons at bay. Their inner struggle becomes central to their lives, and they subsequently feel "the calling".
Some have expressed discomfort over the "outing" of conservatives and their sex scandals, as if the "outers" were committing the hypocrisy of shaming the opposing side for being gay, etc. ...Of course, that's not the point. The point is that the conservative figure has been shown to be a hypocrite and fraud for committing acts they had been so vocally against.