"You just sort of blow it off," said Colorado Springs, CO churchgoer E.J. Cox to allegations that her pastor, Rev. Ted Haggard, paid male prostitute Mike Jones for sex over three years. The claims were made, with those of drug use, on Denver radio.
Haggard was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals until he resigned today admist the allegations. The senior pastor will also step down from his pulpit pending an internal probing by the church. Haggard has admitted to some guilt.
"I've never had a gay relationship with anybody. I'm steady with my wife. I'm faithful to my wife," Haggard said in an interview. A father of five, Haggard was ranked by Time magazine in 2005 as one of its 25 most influential evangelical leaders.