Anti-Gay Megachurch Pastor Accused Of Pressuring Men Into Sex

Jim Burroway

September 22nd, 2010

Eddie LongSurprised?

The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near 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 who filed the suit were 17- and 18-year-old members of the church when they say Long abused his spiritual authority to seduce them with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities.

Long has campaigned against same-sex marriage, and he runs an ex-gay ministry called “Out of the Wilderness.” In 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center published a profile of Long in which he commented on how hot gay sex can be:

“Men can look attractive when they are dirty,” writes Bishop Eddie Long in his 1997 book I Don’t Want Delilah, I Need You! “We see sweating, dirty, hardworking men on television all the time and we say to one another, ‘There’s a macho guy.'”

Moments later, he would repeat the Levitical mandate that gays be put to death. “Homosexuality and lesbianism are spiritual abortions,” Long says.


September 22nd, 2010

not AT ALL surprised! i remember the first time i saw eddie long live (back in college), and i KNEW this was just another closeted gay preacher who seemed to be a BIT too focused on gay issues ;)


September 22nd, 2010

These “religious leaders” seem to run anti-gay ministries so they have easy access to men they can abuse.

Regan DuCasse

September 22nd, 2010

Ted Haggard in blackface.
What an impersonation and a stereotype of the flashy, gaudy snake oil salesman.
Long drives a car worth more than his congregation can make in their lifetimes.

It’s easy for him to make TOKEN gestures of charitable organizing, and pocket the lion’s share of contributions for himself with no shame at all.
But rather, ‘I’m entitled because I did all this for y’all’.

When Long said even if the Klan was against gay marriage, he could side with the Klan, made me throw up. This coming from a man who officiated at the funeral of one of our most powerful allies, Coretta S. King.

And now this. No, I’m not surprised. TD Jakes and his gay son are another example of the damage done by the closet. Especially to the credibility of gay people who reach positions of wealth and power to further the agendas of the anti gay. These highly popular and influential black spiritual leaders, are just as increasingly showing their hypocrisy and contradictions in morality.

Rather than have a discussion on the closet, and how it compromises honesty and the ability for people to learn from each other, the arrogance of straight people like this who belong to these churches, will place all the blame, shame and lack of integrity on the gay person.
An obviously unfair indictment. And coming FROM black people who so quickly forget the chains of passing for what one is not to avoid and escape injustice and systemic bigotry.


September 22nd, 2010

I could not help but notice that in the photo used for the article about this on CNN, he had a pink hankerchief in the pocket of his expensive suit. Well chosen for the article, yes, but obviously the picture was taken sometime.

Seems kind of creepy, really. But then I remember watching Jesus Camp and how creepy Ted Haggard was in that.

Seems like a lot of those guys usually just are.

Timothy Kincaid

September 22nd, 2010

Am I surprised? No.

But sadly, I suspect his congregation will choose to look the other way.

Emily K

September 22nd, 2010

Ted Haggard in blackface.


Emily K

September 22nd, 2010

I want to express my hope for Blacks in the church to come out of the closet. Let your neighbors see you. Let them see you sitting next to them in the pews. Let them hear your voice in the choir. You are a powerful force, and if you believe Black is Beautiful, then I hope you’ll also believe that being gay has no bearing on that beauty.


September 22nd, 2010

Haven’t you guys ever read the original version of the Bible? A lot of these rules have exceptions.

Leviticus 20:13

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. There blood shall be upon them*.”

*this does not applieth to vehemently anti-gay pastors.


September 22nd, 2010

Which original version of the Bible is that? The King James?

I still cringe at the thought that actual people think the King James is the best or even original version. You know, the “If the King James was good enough for Jesus and Paul it was good enough for me!” crowd.

How can that be that people think that? It says right in the front of any copy of the KJV I’ve ever seen, when it was compiled, and that was a LONG time after Jesus or Paul!


September 22nd, 2010

Not to mention…King James was apparently bi. I’ve never quite been able to figure out how that doesn’t ruin the authoritative-ness of his personal translation in the eyes of the people who idolize it.

They’re usually the ones who hate GLBT people otherwise.

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.


Latest Posts

The Things You Learn from the Internet

"The Intel On This Wasn't 100 Percent"

From Fake News To Real Bullets: This Is The New Normal

NC Gov McCrory Throws In The Towel

Colorado Store Manager Verbally Attacks "Faggot That Voted For Hillary" In Front of 4-Year-Old Son

Associated Press Updates "Alt-Right" Usage Guide

A Challenge for Blue Bubble Democrats

Baptist Churches in Dallas, Austin Expelled Over LGBT-Affirming Stance

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.