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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CAP) - In the wake of allegations that Evangelical leader Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado may have had a three-year sexual relationship with a male prostitute, a growing number of his fellow Evangelicals are saying they might "give this gay sex thing a whirl," according to spokesman Rev. Skip Hardington of South Carolina.
"I have to admit, in the past whenever I thought about two sweaty, naked, writhing male bodies, it was always in the context of how sinful it was," said Hardington. "But after everything that happened with Ted, I'm thinking it should maybe be considered more of a hobby, like decoupage."
Hundreds of other Evangelicals are espousing similar views, and have even formed a splinter group they call Voice Of The Gayful. Prior to joining that group, said Fred Melvin of Witchita, Kansas, "I would have thought putting my means of reproduction anywhere near another man's nether regions to be blaspheming of the highest order.
"But as Rev. Ted has shown us, that view may have been extreme," said Melvin, talking via his cell phone late last night from the men's room of the I-670 rest area.
The movement has already resulted in some drastic shifts in behavior. For instance, Doris Reynolds of Des Moines, Iowa, said she used to warn the young women in her Bible Study group that the end result of any Sapphic activity would be "soul-engulfing hellfire." But lately she's been telling them that it's okay to "dabble," as long as "they eventually wind up marrying a man and having a baby, like that nice Anne Heche."
Still, despite the number of Evangelicals following Rev. Haggard's lead, many remain skeptical about the activity, particularly when it involves gay prostitutes, taking illegal drugs or cheating on a spouse, or, as in Haggard's case, all three.
"If you're going to engage in man-on-man action, it should at least with somebody you care about deeply," said Martin Westerbrook, a congregant of Haggard's in Colorado. "Or better yet, somebody you're married to. Yep, gay marriage - now there's something Evangelicals could get behind."
Haggard had no comment other than to say, "Heh, heh - he said get behind."
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