Mike Jones Book Tour Stops In The Springs

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

We told you about Mike Jones’ new book last month, it tells all about his alleged relationship with Ted Haggard. Bookstores in Colorado Springs turned Jones away telling him they would not host a signing, but Jones came to town anyway.

He signed his book at DJ’s Bar and Grill Sunday afternoon. It's called “I Had To Say Something, The Art of Ted Haggard’s Fall.”

Jones says out of all the cities he's visited, Colorado Springs is the most important stop.

"This is where it happened, I stopped in at New Life Church to look at it again," Jones said.

He says he feels sadness for Haggard’s family and the members of the church.

"I know Ted Haggard worked hard to build this thing, that was his baby and it makes me sad but at the same time this is a man who was totally wrong for what he was doing," Jones said.

He says it was because of Haggard’s hypocrisy that he came forward.

"Here's a man actively campaigning against gay marriage and he can't even abide by his own marriage vows, that’s wrong," Jones said.

And he says it was also wrong for local bookstores to turn him away.

"I knew there was a community that would like to see me down here," said Jones.

"New Life Church are not the only people that live here, there's other people that want to read this book and find out what happened," said Nona Capace.

Members and leaders at New Life Church have maintained all along that they've moved on.

"I could careless what’s in the book and what he has to say," said New Life member Doug Smith.

Jones has another book signing in the springs, Thursday night he will be at the Gay and Lesbian Center.

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  • by Rachel Location: Aurora on Jul 13, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    For the record, I'm a former New Lifer, though my reasons for leaving were not tied to this scandal. Ted Haggard is a man who made a grievous mistake--a mistake that cost him his livelihood and caused a lot of sorrow among the members of his church. But there is no sin so grievous that would make me despise the man--or anyone else for that matter. I ascribe no infallibility to members of the clergy. He is human just like the rest of us--and just as in need of the forgiveness of God. In all honesty, I applaud Mike Jones for coming out with his accusations. I can't bring myself to hate him when all he did was bring out the truth, painful though it was. Will I read the book? No. While I have nothing against a person's first amendment rights, I have no desire to repollute my mind with bad memories.
  • by D Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 13, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    New Life, and the rest of the ultra-right evangelical churches, is to Christianity what Hamas and Al Qaeda are to Islam. They are extremists. They each spread their short sighted interpretation of their respective holy books through intolerance and lies. It is a good think that Mike Jones has taken a step to expose the hypocrisy that is going on in these groups within this country. We are fighting a war to stop religious extremists in the Middle East. Hopefully, actions like this will stop extremists in the U.S.
  • by Michael Location: Chicago on Jul 13, 2007 at 06:16 AM
    Of all sins, hypocrisy is one of the most evil. Mike Jones deserves our praise and thanks for putting an end to Ted Haggard's hypocrisy.
  • by Sandy Location: Topeka, Kansas on Jul 12, 2007 at 08:15 PM
    Mike Jones end will be eternally sad. He has no righ to go New Life Church to try to push his agenda on them and no one else. If you have to make someone look bad to make yourslef look good, you don't need to look good.
  • by Musty Location: Pueblo on Jul 8, 2007 at 10:28 PM
    New Life, you are burying your head in the sand. You are just pushing Haggard and the other gay men in your congregation farther back in the closet. Read the book, maybe it will help your other gay men in your congregation and staff accept their sexual orientation, instead of getting to the point they act in desparation. Jones gave you a powerful tool (his book), read it and use it. Gay people in New Life, check out "church directory" at www.gaychurch.org, there are dozens churches in Colo Springs Boulder and Denver area where you are welcome and you dont need to hide being gay, they see gayness as one of the many GIFTS from God.
  • by Dean Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 8, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    Poor Ted. It would seem that "God" (which one? Take your pick. There are so many to choose from) seems to have abandoned New Life's homosexual, drug using, liar and hypocrite. And I thought "God" loves and forgives ALL his children. Apparently the disingenuous folks up at the New Life scam didn't get that memo. To quote Epicurus (on God): "Is he willing to prevent evil but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?" Anyone up for a little snake handling?
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