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Anti-gay pastor, Eddie Long, accused of coercive homosexual activity with boys

Sadly, the news that another religious leader has been accused of sexually molesting same-sex children isn't surprising. News like this seems to have become commonplace. The prevalence of such news, however, does not make it any less disturbing or appalling. And, these reported incidents are even more outrageous when the accused religious leader has been an overly outspoken opponent of that of which he is accused. Such is the case with Bishop Eddie Long.

Eddie Long, pastor of the 25,000 member mega-church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has been accused of sexual coercion by three young men. This, of a man who is so anti-gay that, according to ABC News, he once referred to homosexuality as "a spiritual abortion." He reportedly went so far as to lead a march of thousands across Atlanta protesting gays and same-sex marriage.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, one young man, Maurice Robinson, 20, alleged that "Long has utilized his spiritual authority as Bishop and leader of [his] ministries to coerce certain young male members and employees... into engaging in sexual acts and relationships for his own personal sexual gratification." Robinson also charged that Long used ritualistic ceremony and Bible verses to reinforce the bond between the young men and himself and that he used church funds to entice his alleged victims with cars, jewelry, clothes, and electronics. Further, according to the suit, Long flew them around on public and private jets, put them up in luxury hotels, and got them access to celebrities and politicians.

On the same day that Robinson filed his lawsuit, another young man, Anthony Flagg, 21, filed his own, nearly identical, lawsuit.

Then, just when it seemed things couldn't get any worse, a third man, Jamal Parris, came forward with similar allegations.

Long issued a statement Thursday denying the allegation and says he will be addressing them on Sunday from his pulpit. According to ABC News, he said he is "'anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and... will do so," but that his lawyers have urged him to be patient.

Although Long denies these accusations, referring to them as "ugly charges," B. J. Bernstein, who is the lawyer of the accusers says that she has photos, texts, and e-mails to the contrary.

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    This is a big Sin in God's eyes.God will take care of them in his own way.Father God please help your children.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    AMEN!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    There are a lot of Ministers parading as "Men of God" who are on the "down low." I have witnessed it for a long time in the Churches and, consequently, do not put my faith in them. When we look to man, we are always disappointed. God does not have any "step children." You do not need any man to lead you to God. The Mighty I AM Presence is already within you and ever with you. Its ok to assemble yourself with like minded people if that is your spiritual need; however, you must realize that the Kingdom is within you and the Presence of God will direct you just as he does that so called "Minister"

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Seems like the pastors who preach the most against something are the ones who are right in the middle of doing that something.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    To those of you using the Bible as a weapon against homosexuality, you are wrong. Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.

    http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
    http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
    http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
    http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
    http://www.gaychristian101.com/
    http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Resources&Template=...
    http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence.html
    http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian
    http://www.goodhopemcc.org/spirituality/sexuality-and-bible/homosexualit...

    Thats why Jesus never mentions it as well. There is nothing immoral, wrong, or sinful about being gay. Jesus, however, clearly states he HATES hypocrisy. If you preach goodness, then promote hate and twist the words of the Bible, you are a hypocrite, and will be judged and sent to hell. Homosexuals will not go to hell, hypocrites will.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    For those of you claiming homosexuality is a "lifestyle", that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-li...
    Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/06/16/172/

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    And it should also be noted that:
    "It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

    From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

    America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don't feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren't human.

    "I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if "Gays" have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate "(Legal Document)" of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. "

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Science has proven that homosexuality is beneficial to our species. There is no need to tamper with mother nature, as we know she always comes back to bite you in the back.

    The most recent, sexually antagonistic selection, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080617204459.htm, demonstrates the empirical model of what is known about the occurrence of homosexuality along family lines and postulates that it serves to give a reproductive advantage to female members of the family.

  • Lynette Foster 3 years ago

    The time is upon us to have an open discussion about the fact that pedophiles are attracted to positions of ministers/priests/pastors. No more excuses

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