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…”


Comments

3 Responses to “Homophobe Megachurch Pastor Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Teen Boys”

  1. majii on September 22nd, 2010 6:33 pm

    I read on our state’s major newspaper website, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, that another man has filed a lawsuit against Long since this story broke. Homosexuality has long been taboo among the members of African American communities and churches, but it has never stopped gay men from playing key roles in our churches, especially as members of the choir, choir leaders, musicians, and in some cases, ministers. I don’t find it surprising at all that Long might be gay, and the members of his church shouldn’t either. They know what I know about gays in African American churches.

    What I find so distasteful is that Long has been working to demonize gay persons while hiding his own attraction to men. It is not at all uncommon for some African American ministers to have wives and families while living a down low lifestyle. I’m keeping my eye on these accusers, the accused, and their accusations. I’m very interested in uncovering the truth about Long as I’m always interested when anyone makes campaigning against others one of his/her life goals, and it turns out that he/she is engaged in the same type of behavior that he/she is demonizing others for. Reminds me of Ken Mehlman. I detest hypocrites.

  2. Sue on September 22nd, 2010 8:12 pm

    Majii:

    Good comment! Yes, you are right about homosexuality being “taboo” in black communities, while many married closeted men live a “down low” lifestyle on the side.

    But Long has made it his life’s work to demonize homosexuality. And that places him among the many Christian homophobes who have a secret affinity for “rent boys.”

    Hypocrisy indeed!

    Sue

  3. Jay on September 29th, 2010 1:03 am

    The news of pastor Long being involved in gay practices is huge shock.i dont belive it could be true.Watever happened,God will bring the truth out .if it happens that the alligations are false,i would kill those boys with my bare hands.

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