Homophobe Megachurch Pastor Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Teen Boys
September 22, 2010
(ChattahBox US News)—This type of story is becoming all too familiar. Bishop Eddie Long, a charismatic televangelist and pastor of the megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is being accused in a lawsuit of sexual misconduct with two teen boys who were members of his congregation. Long is known for his rabid homophobia. The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Long “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”
The young men filing the lawsuits against Long, Maurice Robinson, 20 and Anthony Flagg, 21, allege they were coerced into having sex with Long when they were 17 and 18.
The New York Times writes:
“Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship,” said a suit filed by one of the men, Maurice Robinson, 20. [...]
“Lawyers for the two men painted a picture of widespread corruption and sexual misconduct. They said Bishop Long had provided the men with free hotel stays in more than a dozen cities around the country (checking them into rooms under the alias “Dick Tracy”) and had given them gifts, including a Mustang. They said he had introduced them to celebrities like the producer Tyler Perry and the actor Chris Tucker.”
Bishop Long, through his spokesperson, denies the charges, saying the complaints are “definitely without merit,” adding “Bishop Long categorically and adamantly denies the allegations…”