We Were Part of a Revenge Squad: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Love Fraud


“If the Evangelicals vote, they determine the election,” said pastor Ted Haggard while flashing a smile in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Oscar-nominated 2006 documentary, “Jesus Camp.” That same year, the virulently anti-LGBT+ pundit was outed for having sexual relations with a male prostitute, a revelation that caused him to resign from his post, yet somehow fell short of bringing his career in the church to a permanent halt.

Who could’ve predicted that Haggard’s words would directly foreshadow the election—a decade later—of Donald Trump, a man who embodies none of the alleged morals espoused by his devoutly religious base? Trump is not all that far removed from Richard Scott Smith, a sociopathic conman who has seduced, and in many cases married, an untold number of women only to drain them of their savings before promptly vanishing. His Bible-thumping façade is as calculated as that of Robert Mitchum’s killer in “The Night of the Hunter,” and when asked what his favorite scriptural passage is, he can’t name a single one.

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