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Judgment day 

Judgment day

This election cycle is remarkable for the large number of public figures who, having held up their party as the bastion of morality and themselves exemplars of righteousness, have feet of clay. Ecclesiastes 7:16: "Be not righteous overmuch."

click to enlarge Jeff Barkley Old Colorado City Alternative - education director What was your reaction - to the Haggard story? Bemused, because of the - image that people like him impose on the larger - community. -  - Haggard denies using the meth he bought. Does - this bring anything to mind? Sounds exactly like - Clinton insisting he didn't inhale. Pastor Ted should take - a lie detector test, just like his accuser. -  - Is Haggard's political influence ended? A few - supporters will abandon ship, but he's been a huge - figure among Christian conservatives. -  - What would you say to Haggard? Practice a - little more kindness and tolerance from here on out. -  - Should he be held accountable, or should he be - forgiven? He's been such a self-righteous Bible- - pounder and holier-than-thou conservative that he - should have to swallow a little of the medicine he's - prescribed for others. -
  • Jeff Barkley

    Old Colorado City

    Alternative education director

    What was your reaction to the Haggard story? Bemused, because of the image that people like him impose on the larger community.

    Haggard denies using the meth he bought. Does this bring anything to mind? Sounds exactly like Clinton insisting he didn't inhale. Pastor Ted should take a lie detector test, just like his accuser.

    Is Haggard's political influence ended? A few supporters will abandon ship, but he's been a huge figure among Christian conservatives.

    What would you say to Haggard? Practice a little more kindness and tolerance from here on out.

    Should he be held accountable, or should he be forgiven? He's been such a self-righteous Bible- pounder and holier-than-thou conservative that he should have to swallow a little of the medicine he's prescribed for others.

click to enlarge Chris Dysart Shooks Run Painter - What was your reaction to the Haggard - story? Sadness. I'm a former evangelical who used - to picket bookstores and such, thinking they were bad - for the community. But I've learned to let go. Live and let - live. He held others up to standards that he didn't accept - for himself. -  - Is his political influence shot? Probably not, - given all the things that Bush has gotten away with in his - past. People still line up to vote for him, and in the name - of God. -  - If you could say one thing to Haggard, what would it - be? I can train you to paint for your new career, - bro. -  - Should he be held accountable, or should he be - forgiven? If I were in his shoes, I'd want some - forgiveness. Not being in his shoes, I'd like to see some - accountability.
  • Chris Dysart

    Shooks Run

    Painter

    What was your reaction to the Haggard story? Sadness. I'm a former evangelical who used to picket bookstores and such, thinking they were bad for the community. But I've learned to let go. Live and let live. He held others up to standards that he didn't accept for himself.

    Is his political influence shot? Probably not, given all the things that Bush has gotten away with in his past. People still line up to vote for him, and in the name of God.

    If you could say one thing to Haggard, what would it be? I can train you to paint for your new career, bro.

    Should he be held accountable, or should he be forgiven? If I were in his shoes, I'd want some forgiveness. Not being in his shoes, I'd like to see some accountability.

click to enlarge Erin Ford Manitou Springs Music store sales - manager What was your reaction when - this story broke? I wasn't surprised in the least. - He's not the first evangelist to be caught in this sort of - thing. -  - Did you believe Clinton's claim about not inhaling? - He inhaled. -  - Do you believe Haggard about not using the meth - he purchased? Not for a second. -  - Is Haggard finished as a political influence? His - followers have strong beliefs about unmarried sex and - gay rights, and he proved himself a hypocrite. It's called - practicing what you preach. -  - What would you say to him face to face? "Judge - not, lest ye be judged."
  • Erin Ford

    Manitou Springs

    Music store sales manager

    What was your reaction when this story broke? I wasn't surprised in the least. He's not the first evangelist to be caught in this sort of thing.

    Did you believe Clinton's claim about not inhaling? He inhaled.

    Do you believe Haggard about not using the meth he purchased? Not for a second.

    Is Haggard finished as a political influence? His followers have strong beliefs about unmarried sex and gay rights, and he proved himself a hypocrite. It's called practicing what you preach.

    What would you say to him face to face? "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

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