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July 5th, 2007. 8:00 p.m.For almost three years, a man named Art came to see Mike Jones, an escort, at least once a month. With time, the relationship deepened, including sexual experimentation as well as sincere conversation. Like many of Jones’ closeted clients in the clergy or the military, Art revealed his vulnerabilities as he struggled with his true desire for sexual contact and emotional involvement with a man. One day, Jones recognized Art preaching hate on a religious cable channel. He soon discovered that Art was actually the Reverend Ted Haggard, who, as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, influenced the daily lives of thirty million followers, advocating virulently against gay rights and same-sex unions, with direct access to White House policymakers. On November 1st, 2006, after months of indecision, Jones made public his relationship with Ted Haggard. Within days, Haggard resigned from all his positions of power, admitting to a “sexual immorality” that shook the evangelical world, right before Election Day 2006. Jones tells the disarming story in I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard’s Fall. For more information, please call: 305.532.3222

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