Because Atlanta Pastor Eddie Long is canceling his own media appearances to defend himself against sexual allegations from Anthony Flagg, Maurice Murray Robinson, and Jamal Paris, he needs a stand in. Enter Ted Haggard!

I’ll just let Mr. Haggard, appearing last night on CNN with gay Pastor Troy Sanders, explain why he’s sending muscle pictures to these young men: “Well we know the pictures are there, we aren’t sure where they came from. There was a movement, several years ago, where people were concerned about the direction of the church. And there was sort of a masculine movement. And pastors are more masculine, sometimes, in certain churches — that doesn’t mean he’s guilty.”

And b-t-dubs? Haggard never saw Long being a homophobe. Which sounds … sincere?

So glad Anderson Cooper, meanwhile, is not professionally out, because he totally comes across as more objective in these stories!

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