It isn’t just the cozy relationship Bishop Long had with President Bush that makes this news and worth another post. The photo accompanying this article of two ultra-conservatives, President Bush and Bishop Long, and protector’s of “traditional marriage” in a loving embrace is too cute for words in this current context.
Long is an outspoken and high-profile opponent of homosexuality, once described by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”
Long led a campaign for a national ban on same-sex marriage and his church counsels gay members in an attempt to “turn” them straight. In 2004, he led a march to Martin Luther King’s grave in Atlanta in support of amending the US constitution to define marriage as “between one man and one woman” – and so permanently barring gay marriage under US law.
The lawyer for two of the men, BJ Bernstein, told the Associated Press: “We are taking calls and we do believe, based on what the boys’ statements are, that there are other victims.”
This is beyond schadenfreude. Of course, a gay preacher scandal wouldn’t be complete without our favorite “Jesus can cure ‘the gays’” fallen Talibangelical, Ted Haggard, coming to his defense. Because, instead of more reporting on the potential for massive hypocrisy and suspect motivations behind closeted gay pastors to be homophobic, we all need a lecture from a proven hypocrite, and fallen pastor, how unsavory, unfounded allegations of being secretly gay might unfairly hurt one’s reputation?