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A Hit Dog Hollers September 22, 2010

Posted by Skippy in Gay and Lesbian Issues, Rants, Religion.
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That’s a phrase the older folks back home would use to say that the person screaming loudest about something was usually guilty of that something.

Well, children. Today, that dog’s name is “Bishop” Eddie Long:

(CNN) — Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.
The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.
“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,” the suits allege.
The pastor took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, on overnight trips to a half-dozen American cities in recent years, Flagg’s suit alleges.
“Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit says.
Long took the other plaintiff, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, to Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2008 for his 19th birthday and engaged in oral sex with him, Robinson’s suit alleges.
“Following the New Zealand Trip, Defendant Long regularly engaged in sexual touching, and other sexual acts with Plaintiff Robinson,” Robinson’s suit alleges.
Long spokesman Art Franklin said Tuesday that “we categorically deny the allegations.”
“It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action,” he said. “Our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit.”
Both plaintiffs said the pastor, his church and church employees gave them cash and lavish gifts that ranged from cars to college tuition.
The suits also said that Long framed the sexual relationships as religious in nature.
“Defendant Long would use Holy Scripture to discuss and justify the intimate relationship between himself and Plaintiff Robinson,” Robinson’s suit alleges.
The suits are seeking unspecified amounts of punitive damages from Long on various counts, ranging from negligence to breach of fiduciary duty.

What makes Long a hit dog hollering, you say? Well, Long is well-known for his virulently homophobic and over-the-top macho posturing. Take a look at this clip of one of his “sermons”:

Fig. 1: Did you catch that, ladies? If you’re fucked up, a dude can fix you!

Oh, and back in 2004, Long led a 25,000 person strong march through the streets of Atlanta protesting same-sex marriage. I guess it’s okay to bugger young men in your congregation…just don’t gay marry them.

Oh, wait…

Defendant Long uses various rituals in the Ceremony including candles, exchange of jewelry, and discussion of Biblical verses that reinforce the spiritual and God-like connection between himself and the young man

(source)

I guess it’s not a marriage if you’re treating your “Spiritual Sons” like a harem. What a vile, cretinous lifeform Eddie Long is. For years, this putrid homophobe used his pulpit to vilify gays and lesbians and push an aggressively masculinist, sexist agenda (did you see that above video? SRSLY?). He even supported “ex-gay” ministries. Nevertheless, his “church” was usually packed to the rafters with people foolishly enamored of him and his repertoire of bullshit. When I lived in Atlanta, I marveled at the number of LGBTs who would faithfully go to this fool’s “church.”

I’ll never forget an argument I got into with a fool at a party. He insisted that a local discussion group for black gay men should meet with Long in order to confront him about his homophobic sermons. I asked this guy if he had spoken with him—after all, this guy was a regular attendee, not the discussion group. The fool said no. I asked him what he thought a bunch of openly gay guys could say to Long that he, a member, could or would not say. The fool then responds with some bullshit about how he wasn’t personally offended by Long’s homophobia, which led me to a mini-rant about how Christianity wasn’t all about him, but it was about advocating for people who couldn’t speak. Needless to say, this conversation ended at an impasse. Since then, I’ve had nothing but contempt for anyone who goes to that so-called church expecting to get anything out of that experience other than being thoroughly and completely hoodwinked and bamboozled.

I long ago peeped Long as a snake-oil salesman who was so far back in the closet, he is probably still finding Christmas presents. Frankly, the only thing that surprises me about this budding mess is that it’s taken this long to come out. Way back in the day, this jheri-curled fool inexplicably started wearing muscle shirts (with vests on top) during his sermons.

Fig. 2: That doesn’t scream “butch,” Eddie. It screams, “ISSUES.”

It was then that my gaydar went off—well, let me rephrase. The shirts, in conjunction with his obsession with preaching about what a man should be said to me that the bigoted asswipe doth protest too damn much.

I daresay, this coming Sunday at “New Birth” should be quite interesting.

UPDATE:

According to CNN, Long is calling these accusations a “shakedown:”

Allegations that a prominent Atlanta pastor coerced two young male church members and employees into sex are “a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues,” the pastor’s spokesman told CNN Wednesday.
Pastor Eddie Long “categorically and adamantly denies these allegations,” said spokesman Art Franklin. “There’s been a lot of chatter since yesterday, but these complaints that have been filed are definitely without merit.”

Without merit, eh? Then why was “New Birth’s” website inexplicably down yesterday? Yeah, whatever—but what’s important here is that Long is beginning the process of blaming the alleged victim. Long’s spokesman (what is it with these people and spokesmen?) impugned the alleged victims by saying that both men have been on the “wrong side of the law” before. Now, help me understand something, children. Are prior bad acts even applicable here? Unless they’ve got prior convictions for extortion, this is nothing more than a smokescreen. Frankly, I believe the guys, for reasons I mentioned earlier. I always thought there was something a little suspect about someone who is always harping on being A MAN and what A MAN should be or do and how A MAN should act. As they say, been there, done that—and you know what? Anytime you find someone who is harping incessantly on a group of people that he or she can’t stand? Bet good money that that person will be caught having sex with someone from that group. And when someone like Long is that deep into what being A (HETEROSEXUAL) MAN is supposed to be, you can best believe that his true sexuality is going to creep out in creepy, fucked up ways.

UPDATE II:
CNN reports that a third lawsuit has been filed against Eddie Long. As they say, “Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time it’s Enemy action.”

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Comments»

1. Heidi - September 22, 2010

What do you suppose will happen to him? I can’t imagine he won’t try to hang on for dear life. He’s certainly going to be spewing a lot more hate as he attempts to address the accusations. Glad to hear your thoughts on this one. He’s a piece of work!

Skippy - September 22, 2010

I think he’ll hang on–never underestimate the stupidity tens of thousands of people who think that Eddie Long is their “spiritual leader.” The legion of fools who follow him will likely demonize the young men; in the meantime, the entire church will likely become more deeply entrenched in their homophobia.


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