Emmy(R)-winning filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi ('Journeys With George') explores scandalized former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey's new life as a spiritual advisor to female prison inmates and a soon-to-be ordained Episcopalian priest.
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The irony of this case is, the very men that pushed him out of the church are also very clearly gay themselves. The effeminate characteristics of these parishioners is absolutely overwhelming and undeniable in the brief amount of camera time they appear in during this documentary style film. It's obvious to me that putting the focus on Ted and driving him from the church was done out of fear that members would turn and question them as well. The signs are all there so if Ted is gay, obviously they can be construed as gay as well.
This guy seems like a pretty good person, regardless of the delusion of religion controlling his life. The real tragedy here is, these people commit their lives over to a cult that believe in some imaginary, omnipotent being that of course demands our loyalty, time, money, love, dedication and undying commitment while giving us absolutely nothing in return. These poor lost fools simply interpret the joy of assembly as the benefits of worshiping god. And that's why this guy found himself at the hands of religious abuse.
This documentary ultimately proves that religious people are so easily controlled and turned evil. They're stupid, angry, deceitful and complete frauds. There is no forgiveness for Ted Haggard. There is no compassion. There is not even a place for Ted in the Parish he once lead "into the kingdom of god". In their small, delusional minds, he is now in the hands of the devil for having a sexual nature contrary to what this imaginary, omnipotent being characterized by a work of fiction demands humans must adhere to.
In closing, all I can say is people came to this country to escape religious persecution and hierarchies. To escape the lunacy of the church and royals only to create a new version of it and put their ancestors right back where they started. It's a bit comical that this man was ultimately destroyed by the very church he built. What I find hard to believe is the claim that he went broke. I am willing to bet it was more a factor of his unwillingness to dip into "God's" money and rely on the kindness of others which he found wasn't all that accessible. The only way this story could have been any better was if were also a politician and during the filming of this documentary, he were caught with another male prostitute.
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