This disarming story reveals how a sexual relationship between Jones, a male escort, and the evangelical Reverend Ted Haggard became a lightning rod that completely changed two mens lives, and possibly, the history of American governance.
For almost three years, a man named "Art" came to see Mike Jones, an escort, at least once a month. With time, the relationship deepened, including sexual experimentation as well as sincere conversation. Like many of Jones' closeted clients in the clergy or the military, Art revealed his vulnerabilities as he struggled with his true desire for sexual contact and emotional involvement with a man.
One day, Jones recognized Art preaching hate on a religious cable channel. He soon discovered that Art was actually the Reverend Ted Haggard, who, as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, influenced the daily lives of thirty million followers, advocating virulently against gay rights and same-sex unions, with direct access to White House policy makers.
On November 1, 2006, after months of indecision, Jones made public his relationship with Ted Haggard. Within days, Haggard resigned from all his positions of power, admitting to a "sexual Immorality" that shook the evangelical world, right before Election Day 2006.
Here is the disarming story of how a sexual relationship became a lightning rod that completely changed two men's lives, as well as, possibly, the history of American governance. Jones' only rules were telling the truth and not being ashamed of who he is.
Michael Jones is the CAD Systems Manager, Department Chairperson, and a CAD instructor at Clackamas Community College, which is an Autodesk Premier Training Center in Oregon City, Oregon. Mike has introduced new users and experienced professionals to the commands and options of AutoCAD for over 23 years. His training center experience is enhanced by 25 years of professional drafting and CAD system management experience in private industry.