Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary in the Black community of Atlanta is facing some very serious allegations of luring four young men into sexual relationships . Originally, it was just one. Since that time three more have stepped forward. This leader of a Mega Church is not unapologetic about his success. In fact, he touts it. Bishop long said his Mega Church is an international corporation. "We're not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can't talk and all we're doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around this world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation.
George Bush sought out leaders of predominately Black Mega Churches during election time. Not only do they control the consciousness of a powerful voting bloc; but the purse strings as well. This could be one of the greatest story ever told; if told in the proper context. My intent is to not to demonize the Black church, or any church for that matter; there are a lot of pedophiles in the Catholic Church as well as other denominations. My purpose is to expose what I see as blatant hypocrisy and brainwashing of these fundies. These type of false pastors like the rabid Right are using biblical chicanery to dupe their congregation for influence and riches.
There could also be another problem for the Bishop. About 100 pastors nationwide will challenge a 56-year-old tax code law of talking politics in their churches. Guess what, then they shouldn't be tax exempt if they want to be politicians. It was the Evangelical right that put George Bush in office with lies and social conservatism. I'm not sure if Bishop Long is in the mix.
Seraphim in Bishop long's congregation are lured in more, I think, by the bishop's lies, wealth, biblical chicanery and his tight skin muscle speedo suits. Photos of Bishop Eddie Long allegedly were sent to one of the plaintiffs, showing the bishop taking a photograph of himself in a bathroom while fully clothed in tight skin muscle attire.
Fundie Bishop Eddie Long is another in the long line of TV Evangelist caught up in a scandal who have given a bad name to the church gay bashers.
Matthew 7:1, "Judge not that ye be not judged." So how on earth can this hate-filled, bigoted, Shepard instill fear and homopbobia in his congregation in addition to smearing the lifestyle when the Bishop himself is gay?
In an AOL News story, civil rights activist Julian Bond criticized not only Long's "prosperity" gospel of financial success but also his views against homosexuality.
Bayard Rustin who is credited as the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom with Dr Martin Luther King Jr lived openly as a gay man at a time when homosexuality was criminalized; and became an advocate of gay rights.
Bishop Eddie Long said -- "I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet," in his first public remarks since the lawsuits were filed; but he hasn't denied them. Why is he staying out of the media if he is such a Biblical David? He cancelled an interview with Tom Joyner's Black radio talk show. How on earth can Bishop Eddie Long equate himself to David going up against Goliath when he takes advantage of the weak?
And so many people think politics is "dirty"!