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    Accused pastor crusaded against homosexuals

    By John Blake, CNN


    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    • Two men accuse Bishop Eddie Long of sexual "coercion"
    • Long has built a reputation for ministering to young men
    • Long publicly condemned homosexuals
    • Pastor's spokesman says Long denies the allegations

    Editor's note: CNN's John Blake first covered Bishop Eddie Long as a religion reporter for the Atlanta Journal
    Constitution.

    As Bishop Eddie Long poked through a salad in his church office one summer day in 1999, he shot a weary look at a person ticking off his ministry's successes.

    His Atlanta megachurch had already reached 25,000 members. He had been invited to the White House, built a global television ministry and drove around town in a $350,000 Bentley.

    But Long told the visitor who had come to write about him that the pressures of being a high-profile pastor could be brutal.

    "You don't want any of this," he said in a raspy baritone as he shook his head. "You don't want any of this ..."

    Long didn't get more specific about those pressures.
    Today, the 57-year-old minister, known for his public crusades against homosexuality, faces serious allegations.

    On Tuesday, two young men who were members of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church filed lawsuits claiming he used his position as their spiritual counselor to coerce them into sexual relationships.

    See PDF of lawsuit filed by Maurice Robinson
    The men -- Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20 -- allege Long used a private spiritual ceremony to mark a "covenant" between them, with both becoming his "spiritual son."

    See PDF of lawsuit filed by Anthony Flagg
    Flagg alleges that Long then used that relationship to take him on overnight trips where they shared a bedroom and engaged in kissing, masturbation and "oral sexual contact."

    Robinson, who claimed Long engaged in oral sex with him, said the pastor would cite Scripture to justify their relationship.

    "We categorically deny the allegations," Art Franklin, Long's spokesman, said in a written statement. "It is very unfortunate that someone has taken this course of action."

    Franklin said "our law firm will be able to respond once attorneys have had an opportunity to review the lawsuit."

    The men's lawyer, Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, would not make them available for comment.

    Long's crusades against homosexuality
    The allegations against Long run contrary to his public image.

    He is a celebrity preacher in the black church world and a star in the evangelical world as well. His church is one of the largest in the country.

    In the pulpit, Long seamlessly blends muscle and ministry.

    He wears tight shirts that display his weight-lifter arms. Teeheehee sez BITTER.

    He writes books such as "Gladiator, the Strength of a Man," that teaches men how to be warriors for God. He says he has a special calling to reach out to men.

    He's a married man who preaches about the sanctity of the union between a man and a woman. He denounces homosexuality. In 2004, he led a march in Atlanta against gay marriage. He once declared that his church had created a ministry that "delivered" people from homosexuality.

    His public statements about gays and lesbians have helped reinforce homophobia in the black church, says Shayne Lee, a sociologist and author of "Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace."
    "The homophobic atmosphere he helped perpetuate," Lee said, could "come back to possibly harm him."

    Long's controversial ministry
    Long has been the center of public controversy before.
    In 2005, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that a charity Long created to help the poor and spread the Gospel had made him its biggest beneficiary.

    An examination of the nonprofit's tax returns and other documents revealed that the charity provided him with at least amillion dollars in salary over four years, and the use of a $1.4 million home and the $350,000 Bentley.

    A frequent critic of black preachers (he once said they "major in storefront churches"), Long responded by saying he was a CEO of a global business who deserved his lifestyle.

    "You've got to put me on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there that's supposed to be just getting by because the people are suffering," Long said, explaining the compensation he received from his charity.

    In 2007, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to Long asking detailed questions about his financial operations. Long was one of six televangelists who Grassley targeted.

    After an initial flurry of publicity following Grassley's request, the investigation appeared to peter out.

    In recent years, Long seemed to become more humble, says Rev. Tim McDonald, senior pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta.

    In private talks, McDonald said, Long told him about the pressures of leading a megachurch. He said he no longer had as many close friendships and yearned to return to the more intimate relationships that McDonald seemed to have with his much smaller congregation.

    "He said, 'Tim, I may have the numbers, but you have the love,' '' McDonald said.

    God's 'scarred leader'
    For all his outward confidence, Long also displayed a vulnerable side.

    He built an intimate bond with many members of his church by talking about his private failings: his divorce from his first wife; being rejected by his father; and being fired from a job in corporate America.

    He called himself God's "scarred leader."

    He also became known for his generosity. He would give out cars and money to strangers at church services. He built ministries to help the poor, AIDS patients and young people.

    He talked proudly about his ability to reach young men.

    He called himself a "spiritual daddy" to many of the young men he mentored at New Birth.

    He would pay the college tuition for some men, give business suits to others and play basketball and lift weights with his male ministers.

    Once, he even boasted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that some mothers at New Birth trusted him enough to bring their wayward teenage boys to him for paddling.

    "When I say bend over, even on Sunday, they bend over," he said, referring to the boys he paddled. "Why? Because they respect me. Because I first died for them..."

    The two men who filed suit against Long, though, said he used their relationships to instruct them, as "spiritual sons," to follow their "master."

    They also say Long enticed them "with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics." Robinson claims the pastor paid for his college tuition.

    In Flagg's suit, he claimed that when some young men found girlfriends, Long would attempt to block those relationships by "increased contact and spiritual talk" about "the covenant between the Spiritual Son and himself."

    In addition to Long, the lawsuits name as defendants his church and a youth academy where Long was pastor and mentor. Both suits seek unspecified punitive damages on counts ranging from negligence to breach of fiduciary duty.

    Lee, the Tulane sociologist who has written about Long, says he expects him to mount a fierce counterattack.
    "He'll demonize the accusers," Lee said, "and couch it in terms of how the enemy Satan is trying to hurt the ministry."

    CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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    I love it when these assholes are exposed.
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    a religious hypocrite?! i'm shocked!

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    Eddie Long and Bernice King(Martin Luther King jr's daughter) have a pray the gay away reeducation camp that's connected to their church Newbirth! Bernice King use to march against gay rights opposite her mother and sister. The churches website use to have a link to take you directly to the camp's mission.
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    Sort of fucking ironic her father wanted equal rights for all, and she is a hateful bigot. Cunt.
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    I have never liked this guy. I knew eventually something would come up. Totally not surprised. Didnt his wife file for divorce recently?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I have never liked this guy. I knew eventually something would come up. Totally not surprised. Didnt his wife file for divorce recently?
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    Naw-he isn't even Baptist.
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    Hell, you still have higher-ups in the Black Church theocracy who still insist that Reverend James Cleveland died from pneumonia, and not AIDS. I went to boot camp with a guy who was in his congregation; Cleveland jumped on any handsome young thing that caught his eye, all while cursing gays and other sinners in the pulpit. They are drunk with power and arrogance, and ignorance. I keep a healthy distance from most things Baptist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Hell, you still have higher-ups in the Black Church theocracy who still insist that Reverend James Cleveland died from pneumonia, and not AIDS. I went to boot camp with a guy who was in his congregation; Cleveland jumped on any handsome young thing that caught his eye, all while cursing gays and other sinners in the pulpit. They are drunk with power and arrogance, and ignorance. I keep a healthy distance from most things Baptist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    I'll drink and dance to that!
    They seem to frown on anything joyous.
    Except when it is them and it's behind the scenes. Where they can't be judged, or called on their bullshit.

    Plus, it has become such a fashion show anymore; all about who can outdress the other. Ridiculous. I remember when my maternal grands would take me to church and Grandma and her friends would pass around Avon catalogs....but would shush any child who giggled or spoke during the sermon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BITTER View Post
    Except when it is them and it's behind the scenes. Where they can't be judged, or called on their bullshit.

    Plus, it has become such a fashion show anymore; all about who can outdress the other. Ridiculous. I remember when my maternal grands would take me to church and Grandma and her friends would pass around Avon catalogs....but would shush any child who giggled or spoke during the sermon.
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    There were several ministers here in Baltimore who use to "meet" on Saturdays back in the late 70's, early 80's. This one particular Saturday they were meeting at Rev. Carter's house while his wife was traveling to another church out of town. For some reason Mrs. Carter came back home and caught them having one big minister's orgy. The following Sunday she stood in the congregation and let it all hang out...but the members just figured Mrs. Carter was off her "meds" again! They divorced a few years later, Rev, Carter never remarried!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *DIVA! View Post
    There were several ministers here in Baltimore who use to "meet" on Saturdays back in the late 70's, early 80's. This one particular Saturday they were meeting at Rev. Carter's house while his wife was traveling to another church out of town. For some reason Mrs. Carter came back home and caught them having one big minister's orgy. The following Sunday she stood in the congregation and let it all hang out...but the members just figured Mrs. Carter was off her "meds" again! They divorced a few years later, Rev, Carter never remarried!!
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