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I Had to Say Something: The Art of Ted Haggard's Fallby Mike Jones
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This is the story of the sexual relationship between Michael Forest Jones, a Denver man who worked as an escort, and the Reverend Ted Haggard, founder and pastor of the New Life Church of Colorado Springs.
As a rule, Mike never delved into the personal lives of his clients. He entertained celebrities, clergyman, politicians, pro-football players, and just regular guys. In 2003, a man named "Art" called Mike to set up an appointment. For almost three years, Art came to see him at least once a month. It was simply a business relationship for Mike, yet he sensed that for Art, it was more. Like many clients who were closeted, Art revealed his vulnerabilities as he struggled to deny his true desire for sexual contact and affection with a man.
One day, while working out at his gym, Mike 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 millions of believers, condemning homosexuality and advocating virulently against gay rights and same-sex unions.
On November 1, 2006, Mike 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. Once Haggard was outed, Mike's clients stopped calling. He had effectively put himself out of business and put himself at risk of being trivialized and dismissed, as sex workers often are. It was Mikes courage and strength of conscience that ultimately led him to come forward about the hypocrisy of Haggards life.
Here is the disarming story of how one mans deceit inspired another man to become a spokesperson for telling the truth and for not being ashamed of who you are.
A prostitute calls out for justice from the self-proclaimed gatekeepers of morality.
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 policy makers.
On November 1, 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.
Here is the disarming story of how a sexual relationship became a lightning rod that completely changed two men's lives, as well as, possibly, the history of American governance. Jones' only rules were telling the truth and not being ashamed of who he is.
This disarming story reveals how a sexual relationship between Jones, a male escort, and the evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard became a lightning rod that completely changed two mens lives, and possibly, the history of American governance.
About the Author
MIKE JONES is a Colorado native who has excelled at body building throughout his adult life, winning many awards for his strong, sculpted physique. From 1980 until November 2006, he worked as an escort and a massage therapist. His recent media appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN, Court TV, Dr. Keith Albow, AP Television Washington, People Magazine, Newsweek, Time, and The Advocate. He is single and lives in Denver, Colorado.
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