Karen Ocamb

Bishop Long Will 'Fight' Sexual Coercion Charges But Doesn't Say How

Filed By Karen Ocamb | September 27, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: Eddie Long, gay black men, sex abuse, sex scandal

The media, antigay Christians and LGBTs around the country tuned in Sunday to hear how Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the mega Bishop-Eddie-Long-.jpgAtlanta-based New Birth Missionary Baptist Church would respond to charges in four lawsuits alleging he coerced four young men into engaging in gay sex when they were members of the church's youth group. Long denied the charges in a letter he sent to a local radio station. (The New York Times has a great backgrounder on Long and the church here.) Long has been known as a "crusader against homosexuality."

CNN reported that at in his 20-minute 8 a.m. service Sunday, Long said "this is probably the most difficult time" of his life. "I've been accused, I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man," he said. "But this thing, I'm going to fight."

However, Long said, his lawyers told him to fight the accusations not in the media but in court -- "the only place I think I will get justice." Long cautioned church members that he's "not the man that has been portrayed on the television. That's not me." He feels more "like David against Goliath, but I've got five rocks and I haven't thrown one yet."

Long then left the stage. Questions remain as to exactly how Long will fight the charges.

Shayne Lee, Ph.D, an associate professor of sociology at Tulane University, posted an interesting piece on CNN entitled: "Why black church culture rejects homosexuality," featuring a moving story about a young Black gay man. Unfortunately, Lee also oddly uses the homophobic term "same-sex lifestyles."

Blogger and TV producer Rod McCullom, on the other hand, has a wonderful interview with outspoken pro-gay civil rights icon Julian Bond, who calls Long a "raving homophobe," adding that if the allegations against Long are true, it will be a "sad victory for gay rights."


Recent Entries Filed under Fundie Watch:

Leave a comment

We want to know your opinion on this issue! While arguing about an opinion or idea is encouraged, personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of others.

The editorial team will delete a comment that is off-topic, abusive, exceptionally incoherent, includes a slur or is soliciting and/or advertising. Repeated violations of the policy will result in revocation of your user account. Please keep in mind that this is our online home; ill-mannered house guests will be shown the door.


Watch for more "smoking guns" to appear soon.

If there's already four lawsuits, more will follow soon.

How will he fight this? He'll lie. He's always been a liar. He lied to himself abut his own sexual orientation. He can do nothing else.

Regan DuCasse | September 27, 2010 8:27 PM

He's a textbook predator. And using his power and wealth to lure and then to discard vulnerable young people is the pathology of alpha male men, gay or straight.

I despair for the young men he exploited, and will try to discredit. We can already see how Long is greasing the wheel by painting himself as the victim 'David' in all this against poor, forgotten boys.
I was disgusted with him before and his anti gay rhetoric. The fact that he has an ex gay ministry is more red flags.

Males who do this, will further mark gay men as predatory, when straight males and ss sexual assault or enticement of less powerful males, is a very primal law.

The un questioning support Long is getting makes me want to throw up. His conspicuous wealth does too.
This reminds me of when hetero adult women seduce very young males and never get the criminal charges or stigma they deserve.

Long's scandal could well have involved, females...and something tells me he'd be forgiven THAT in a heartbeat over anything that implies homosexuality.
I hope we are privy to the court proceedings. Any bets Long will be the one saying that those boys seduced HIM or tried to?

The ones that are the most fervent and vocal are usually the ones most deeply in their closets! Long is no different than other power hungry men who use their power and wealth to satisfy their own desires and think themselves above any human, moral or spiritual law; e.g., JFK, Clinton. He'll eventually go down, but not without a nasty fight. The true victims will be the lives and reputations of the four (or more) men who ARE the ones speaking truth.

Of course he's not homosexual! He did them!

HE DID IT. HES A MANIPULATIVE COWARD HIDING BEHIND HIS CHURCH, AND SUPPORTIVE AND IN DENIAL MEMBERS. HES JUST ANOTHER DOWN LOW BROTHER. HE JUDGED AND CONDEMNED Gays to HELL, NOW WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE MONKEYS THAT SPEAK, HEAR OR SEE NO EVIL IN HIM. IT IS A SPIRITUAL WARFARE BUT ITS WITHYOU EDDIE LONG AND GOD. YOU WILL LOSE.
AND THE HARDER YOU DENY AND HIT IT , THE HARDER YOUR FALL WILL BE. JUST ADMIT IT, GOD IS JUST GIVING YOU ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG YOURSELF SO WHETHER YOU PAY THOSE BOYS OFF, ALL YOUR DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS WILL STILL COME OUT.

leapinleopard | October 27, 2010 8:58 PM

all this and a tax free income to continue his predatory ways, as well. Sound familiar?
Maybe he will give up one of his Bentleys or Mercedes to pay his legal bills, which are sure to be insurmountable, but for the sheep of a congregation who continue to believe this predator/hypocrite and denounce the four boys who came forward with their allegations. I have no doubt they will be proven true. Not one of those congregants has expressed any concern for the four boys, which demonstrates the extent of control this sick bastard has on the people of New Missionary.