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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Evangelist tired of insisting he's not gay

Alex Terrieur
La Lune de la presse internationale


Local Twin Cities Pastor Harry Koch is fed up with maintaining his heterosexuality, according to sources close to the popular evangelical leader. Since 1993 Koch has been the leader of the Brothers in Jesus Ministry, with an increasingly loyal congregation of several thousand members.

Recently, however, Koch has become frustrated at having to assert his attraction to the opposite sex. Despite his marriage of nearly forty years, unrivaled fidelity to his wife - including but not limited to relatively frequent sexual intercourse - and no official allegations of homosexual activity, Koch has been under a regular barrage of questions concerning his sexual desires.

Recent scandals have exacerbated the problem, including that of evangelist leader Ted Haggard of Colorado, who was found to have hired a gay male prostitute and used methamphetamines after preaching to his ten-thousand strong congregation about the sins of homosexuality. Haggard is part of a growing trend of closeted gay evangelicals who tend to practice the exact opposite of what they preach.

Koch, a local celebrity within the confines of the evangelical movement, has always insisted that he is "one hundred percent hetero," although he does "enjoy a good gay-bashing as much as any other preacher."

"Pastor Koch always tells us that gays are sinners, and that they're going directly to hell, so I can't for a minute imagine that he would be gay," said loyal church-goer Betty Duzgeise. "That would mean that he would be lying to his followers, and there's just no evidence for that."

There have never been any official allegations made against Pastor Koch, although some community watchdog groups have called attention to his countless summer camping trips for middle or upper class Caucasian 7th and 8th grade boys, which are not chaperoned and paid for completely by the church. Koch has signaled his disgust at those who question his motivation and authority granted by his faith, insisting that his summer camping trips are completely innocent and meant to foster Christian bonds between the young, pubescent males.


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