“APNewsBreak: 4th man sues Ga. megachurch pastor” (click below to read the story)
Another accuser has stepped forward. And the stories are all eerily similar.
These are all 1.) very young men who 2.) were taught that Eddie Long was God’s messenger to humanity; and that 3.) homosexuality is a dirty, foul, filthy, most abominable form of depravity.
These young men clearly had extraordinary access to Long. And they claim there’s a trail of cash and gifts and travel linking them to the preacher.
Let’s be clear. If you believe somebody is a righteous prophet of God and if that person has treated you with boundless compassion and kindness and generosity, chances are you’d lie to protect the person before you’d lie to destroy him.
You’d feel gratitude. You’d feel indebtedness. And — even if you were a (churchgoing) liar and a reprobate — you’d know that you’d be killing the golden goose by lying about your godly benefactor.
Plus, if you believed the messages you heard on Sundays, you’d panic about the word “homosexual” appearing in the same sentence as your own name.
Yes, our world has psychopaths. People who bite the hand that feeds them. And, perhaps, Bishop Eddie Long was unfortunate enough to surround himself with a young false accuser. And another. And another. And another.
But the more accusers that come forward — with proof that they were in Long’s inner circle — the more tenuous will be Long’s grip on power.
My guess? Bishop Eddie Long won’t last long.
By GREG BLUESTEIN ATLANTA (AP) — A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long’s megachurch says the prominent pastor coerced him into a sexual relationship.
Attorney B.J. Bernstein says she is filing a lawsuit Friday on behalf of a member of New Birth Charlotte. New Birth Charlotte is a satellite church run by Long in Charlotte, N.C. The man met Long in May 2005.
The lawsuit says the bishop took the teenager to Kenya in July 2005 when he was 17 and engaged in sexual activities with him. It said that Long later encouraged him to move to Atlanta, where the activity continued until early 2009.
The other three men who filed the lawsuit were 17- and 18-year-old members of the church when they say Long abused his spiritual authority to seduce them.
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