He is Bishop Eddie Long (we’ll be the judge of that), he’s behind the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (and ‘behind’ in all the wrong ways if these reports have anything to them) which is a 25,000-member megachurch which spends a lot of its time and its 25,000 members’ money raging against homosexuality. He’s even been described as “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.” Nice people!
He also headed up a campaign for a national ban on same-sex marriage, while MegaChurch runs a little ex-gay business on the side, counselling gay ladies and gents in an attempt to “turn” them straight.
So far, so so.
Interesting then, that three young men, who were teenagers at the time, have come forward to claim that he plied them with gifts and trips (where did you get the money, Bish?) and used his “spiritual authority” (is that a euphemism for booze?) to coerce them into sex.
Well, let’s see what comes of that.
As a footnote (and to show how well read we are over here at me-me-me, where we actually have an hour after lunch for ‘quiet reading’), there was a sensation in early 18th century London when engravings of Catholic priests’ sexual abuse of children on the continent were knocking about. That’s what they must mean when they talk about the glorious traditions of the Catholic Church, passed down from generation to generation.