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Wake-Up Call: Ted Haggard and Norman Rockwell

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"It's a Norman Rockwell scene," Ted Haggard told the reporters gathered outside his Colorado Spring home last night, where the New Life Church founder and disgraced minister was about to start his first, off-the-record prayer meeting. "It's a 'Kumbaya' moment."

A Norman Rockwell scene? Only if when he was done drawing Boy Scouts and barbers, the iconic chronicler of Americana dialed up male nude models such as Mike Jones, the Denver escort that Ted Haggard would call when he had a taste for meth and men.

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