Thursday, September 23, 2010

THIRD ACCUSER OF REV. EDDIE LONG COMES FORWARD

UPDATE, 9/24/2010: FOURTH ACCUSER COMES FORWARD.

New pictures have surfaced of Bishop Eddie Long, prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta, as a third man has come forward accusing the anti-gay advocate of coercing him into sex.

CBS News' Erica Hill reports the pastor allegedly sent his accusers numerous photos of himself including at least several of him wearing spandex and workout clothes....

Long has called for a national ban on same-sex marriage and his church counsels gay members to become straight. In 2004, he led a march with Bernice King to her father's Atlanta grave to support a national constitutional amendment to protect marriage "between one man and one woman." He also has released several gospel albums, authored books on relationships and spirituality, and hosts a weekly television program.

Gillen said Long will speak directly about the allegations to his church congregation Sunday.


[For the full article, see here.]

Assuming these allegations are factually true, Rev. Eddie Long, a strident homophobe, must be confronted not with the fact that he is in the closet; not with the fact that he is a hypocrite, but with the fact that he spoke evil!

It's one thing to be in the closet and keep quiet about LGBT people. It's another thing to be stridently homophobic and seek to enshrine Gay people as second-class citizens in the U.S. Constitution, and Long was doing just that!

Who knows how many lives he's ruined and/or how many suicides, assaults, and murders of LGBT people have occurred because of strident religious homophobes, some or many of whom are closeted?

He should be confronted, not because he's in the closet or because he's a hypocrite! He must be strongly confronted because people like him express evil, and have the temerity to do so in the name of God.

Strident religious homophobes, closeted or not, have blood on their hands, and that fact must never be forgotten!
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4 comments:

DON CHARLES aka "STUFFED ANIMAL" said...

It's odd, how when misfortunes like an AIDs epidemic hits Gay men, religious folk are quick to claim that it's God's retribution. Yet when hypocrisy is exposed with the Ted Haggard and Eddie Long scandals, nobody sees God's hand in it at all. Don't know about you, Jerry, I see my Lord's fingerprints all over these revelations of clerical wrongdoing! Ditto for the Catholic church's pedophile priest crisis.

LUKE 12:3: Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops!

Jerry Maneker said...

I absolutely agree with you, Don Charles! Also, when a person obsesses about condemning the love/sex lives of others, it shows that he/she has significant issues surrounding his/her love and sex life.

When a person who claims to be a man or woman of God seeks to deprive Gay people of full and equal civil rights, that very fact shows him/her not to be a man/woman of God, and also shows downright disdain for his/her fellow human beings which is completely antithetical to the life and teachings of Jesus.

It should come as no surprise when hateful hypocrites, especially those who profess to be "Christians," are unmasked by God for the whole world to see the bankruptcy of their homophobic rhetoric, and also have the world see that God doesn't make mistakes when God creates LGBT people. Best wishes, Jerry.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

and then there were four:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39346313/ns/us_news

(this one gives a much clearer possible insight as to the twisted thinking/self-deceiving necessary for Reverend Long to act-out)...makes me wonder how quickly these young men will ¨settle¨ and disappear from Long´s+ rawly exposed reality? I can almost hear the prayer ¨make it go away!¨

Jerry Maneker said...

Thanks for this, Len. But you and I know that it isn't going to go away and, again, his being closeted and being a hypocrite shouldn't be the focus of anyone's anger. The issue is the evil he and others have visited on Gay people, causing so many untold suffering. Best wishes, Jerry.