Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:13 AM

Bishop Eddie Long’s Gay-Sex Scandal

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

If these politicians were not lead vocals in a chorus of moral crusaders, I would not give their sexual escapades a moment’s thought. For the unadulterated pleasure of afflicting these hypocrites, however, I don’t even mind being bedfellows with a publicity-seeking hustler like Larry Flynt.

(DC Madam outs Sen. David Vitter as a faithful “John”…, TIJ, July 17, 2007)

This quote explains why I have reveled in commenting on the sex scandals that exposed a number of politicians as self-righteous hypocrites in recent years. But I hope it goes without saying that the logic behind it applies even more to preachersRemember gay-bashing Pastor Ted Haggard who was outed by his male prostitute? Well, this brings me to mega-church leader Bishop Eddie Long.

Four young boys filed lawsuits recently accusing this 57-year- old preacher, who has hobnobbed over the years with every U.S. president from Carter to Obama, of using his power and influence as head of the Youth Academy they attended to sexually molest them … repeatedly. And, by the way, if four of them had the courage to come forward, chances are very good that there are at least another forty boys who are either too ashamed or too afraid to do so.

The grooming these boys allege is textbook predatory behavior – complete with Bishop Long enticing them with cash, jewelry, cars, and overnight stays in luxurious hotels (where they reportedly shared the same bed).  Not surprisingly, in this age of Twitter and Facebook, there are even incriminating pictures that he sent to these boys, which are of the type that only a young stud would send to a young girl (or boy) he’s trying to seduce.

Meanwhile, anyone who knows anything about the black church, which I grew up in, knows that “Thou shall not be gayis observed like the eleventh commandment. And no black preacher has hurled more invectives about eternal damnation at homosexuals than Bishop Long. Hell, he even led a notorious march through the streets of Atlanta in 2004 protesting the Sodomization of America….

I have often lamented that it’s not white Republicans as much as black Democrats who have blocked the passage of legislations and referendums granting equal rights to gay people.  And, sadly, the historical irony, if not hypocrisy, inherent in their prejudice against our homosexual brothers and sisters seems completely lost on these black (Christian) folks.

More to the point, though, anyone who knows anything about the black church also knows that Bishop Long is hardly the only black preacher who preaches against homosexuality on Sunday morning as a perverse form of absolution for the homosexual “sins” he committed on Saturday night.

Indeed, it would not surprise me at all to learn that such closeted preachers are defiling pulpits in every state in the United States.  But I urge any young boy who is being groomed and molested in this fashion to report that so-called man of God to the police … today!

In any case, Bishop Long must derive some relief from the fact that his alleged assignations with these boys do not constitute crimes. Evidently, the boys were all above the age of consent when the alleged sexual acts were consummated. So at least the Bishop does not appear to be a pedophile … as well.

Accordingly, what must matter above all else to him now is retaining the blind faith of the 25,000 members of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. No doubt this is why he stood before them on Sunday and casted himself as David fighting against some phantom Goliath – not for the sake of his wretched soul, but for the sake of his hedonistic life.

Vowing to fight the allegations, he intoned that:

I’ve been accused, I’m under attack… I am not a perfect man, but this thing I’m gonna fight. I feel like David against Goliath, but I got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet.

(CNN September 26, 2010)

This triggered a rousing ovation from the poor, gullible souls who have poured tens of millions into the coffers from which Bishop Long has funded his lifestyle of the rich and famous. In fact, it has always been a source of profound shame for me that blacks take such incomprehensible pride in the ostentatious ways their pastors flaunt their ill-gotten wealth. Especially since these “tithing” folks themselves are invariably struggling to make ends meet. 

Anyway, far too few members of his congregation seemed to wonder why he spoke so defiantly about fighting the allegations, but never denied any of them. Not to mention that one of the Deacons of his church should have admonished him by quoting this familiar proverb, which might have made the Bishop think twice about casting himself as David:

He who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.

Of course, truth be told, the reason he hasn’t thrown any yet is that Bishop Long probably plans to quietly settle all claims and then go on preaching as if they were never filed. And his congregation will be all too willing to oblige….

But what I found particularly galling about the Bishop’s statement on Sunday was his non-confession confession in which he said that “I am not a perfect man“.  Indeed, when I finally saw the video of him making it, I wanted to shout at him:

No shit, Sherlock! The problem is not that you’re not perfect; it’s that you’re a fucking sexual predator … and a hypocrite to boot! And one more thing, with all of the millions you’ve stolen from those poor suckers giving you a standing ovation, the least you could do is to buy yourself a better-looking toupee.

And that’s coming from the son of a preacher man….

Related commentaries:
Rep. Mark Foley
Sen. Craig
Sen. Vitter
Gov. Eliot Spitzer

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