Colorado Springs’ New Life church finds itself in the spotlight once again. The Evangelical megachurch captured public attention last year when leader Ted Haggard went down in gay hooker flames. This year’s news doesn’t titillate in quite the same way. Or any way, for that matter.
24-year old Matthew Murray stormed the church and gunned down two sisters. He’s also suspected of two other incidents in Colorado. So, what does this have to do with Ted Haggard? No one knows for sure, but Murray’s internet messages may hold a clue. One post complains about being booted from the Youth Ministry program, which apparently objected to an unspecified “illness”.
[His] online rants make passing references both to New Life and founding pastor Ted Haggard, who was dismissed last year after a former male prostitute alleged a relationship with him.
In an Oct. 6 post, nghtmrchld26 wrote about his anger at the church, “We‘ll make our own religion and be our own God‘s instead listening to some abusive pedophile church like what I was raised in telling us who‘s ‘saved‘ and who‘s not,” the person wrote.
It’s unclear exactly what Murray’s saying here, but it does indicate a deep, deranged resentment for the church – and gays.