Eddie Long is famous for being virulently homophobic, so this just adds more fuel to the fire of what many of us have said for a long time. The more homophobic a preacher is, the more likely that preacher is struggling mightily hard to hide something. The media really does need to start digging harder when preachers and politicians are perniciously homophobic and determine whether it is faith or their own struggle with their sexual orientation that is driving them to preach homophobia.
So many times, whether it be preachers like Ted Haggard, or homophobic political officials like Senator Larry Craig, Ed Schrock, Charlie Crist, Ed Koch, Jim McCrery, David Drier, and Ken Mehlman, as detailed in the movie, “Outrage,” the homophobia serves as a mechanism to allow them to compartmentalize what they consider their unacceptable side of themselves. They end up being these horrendous “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” caricatures until they are forced to integrate their personalities. Unfortunately, for them, it usually takes some horrible publicized example of acting out or the public humiliation of being outed for them to finally come to terms with themselves. Then, surprise, many times they become big advocates for equality and civil rights for LGBT Americans. In the meantime, the damage done to both themselves and our community is immense.
ATLANTA — The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said.
Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuit Tuesday in DeKalb County Court against Bishop Eddie Long. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they were victims of sexual impropriety.
The men were 17- and 18-year-old members of Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, when they say Long abused his spiritual authority to seduce them with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities.
The Christian Science Monitor asks a good question, and that is will this case finally alter the black church’s view of gays? Will Obama take note and evolve, as well, since this is another one of those issues where, supposedly, “God is in the mix?”