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Bishop Long Had Boys Carry 'Sex Self-Check Cards'

Another day, more information about the Eddie Long sex scandal. Today we learn that, according to the Associated Press, Long used a program at his Fellows Youth Academy to impart financial advice to the teen boys and also suggested they carry so-called "sex self-check cards," which would encourage them to abstain from sex.

Eddielong The AP reports on the program:

"It became a place where the bishop could learn the intimate details about these young men," said attorney B.J. Bernstein, who filed the civil lawsuits against Long. The academy trains about 100 students during a four-month session for $500 a person. Long and his board of advisers, which includes NFL star Ray Lewis, created a daunting regimen.

Long, himself a stocky and muscular man, demands the students run 2 miles in less than 15 minutes and bench press and squat their weight. They even have to write a report on the documentary "Super Size Me," which chronicles a man who eats only fast food during every meal for a month.

Long — whose church's finances have been investigated by Congress — wants the students to keep a sharp fiscal mind, too. They have to calculate interest rates on investments and work a job for at least three months. Long also focuses on relationships, with students making a vow of sexual purity. The young men carry a "SEX Self-Check Card" in their wallets listing their vision for life, a favorite scripture and "3 things you could be doing instead of having sex."

Also today, the father of one of the accusers tells the Atlanta Journal-Consittuion that he trusted Long and never suspected that his then teenage son was being victimized.

"He never told me. He never gave me a clue," said Eddie LeGrande, 55, a furniture store worker in Greensboro, N.C. But looking back, he said, "There were red flags." The trips, the gifts, the attention, he said. "I'm very upset about it," he said. "I'm very hurt about it. I'm very hurt for my son."

If the accusations are true, he said, "I think he should be banned from his church. I think he should do jail time, and he should pay the victims for the hurt. He should be used as an example."

Long has been mostly silent on the charges but is preparing to address his parishioners during his sermon tomorrow morning.

Finally, Pastor Jasper Williams Jr. of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta was asked about the Long scandal. He told reporters that he is praying for the situation and is "forgiving," though he stills belives "homosexuality is a sin." Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. Abstain, not obstain.

    Posted by: David | Sep 25, 2010 4:03:18 PM

  2. If Pastor Jasper believes homosexuality is a sin one would have to assume he also believes it's acceptable to own slaves. It's the same book of the Bible.

    Posted by: Bart | Sep 25, 2010 5:03:28 PM

  3. Three questions: What will the future churches be like? What will be left and for whom?
    At this point I cannot nor want to imagine the answers. I just watch. Thanks for keep up us informed.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Sep 25, 2010 5:49:00 PM

  4. Bishop Eddie Long has been able to get away with it for so long by surrounding himself with the “people” he speaks against. His Church and School are run by gay men whether DL or not. They have turned a blind eye over the years because in many cases they were the recipient of gifts and sexual favors until they out grew his taste age range, but they continued to work in the organization.

    His congregation is 80% female and turns a blind eye to it. How does a woman explain why the Bishop gives her 17 year old son a new Ford Mustang? A 20k gold signet ring?

    Several years ago at an event at South Dekalb Mall he was there with his “assistants” and a security team. First he did not get out of the SUV until FOX5 arrived and went live on their 5pm newscast. Second he asked a young man at the time to assist him in the bathroom.(he was wearing a long flowing white robe and several hundred thousand dollars worth of jewelry) That man recalled the incident again today when asked and he laughed with the same comment he made back then.. “pervert” he slipped the young man his cell number and wanted to set up a meeting at his church at the time.

    The question remains in his circle how many of his friends are running scared on whether the Bishop will take them down at some point and are making sure there “bois” are happy …. you listening Frank Ski ?

    The second question is with his right wing homophobic,anti jewish, anti muslim rants who will be there to cushion his fall?

    The third question is how much longer would it have been keep quite if he had not had the first plaintiff arrested in june “to teach him a lesson, and keep him in line” ?

    Posted by: thirdnlong | Sep 25, 2010 6:24:33 PM

  5. I expect a tearful apology tomorrow.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 25, 2010 7:27:36 PM

  6. ya know... except for havin' sex with the guy, that seminar sounds pretty good!

    Posted by: stephen | Sep 25, 2010 7:31:17 PM

  7. these people are so stupid. :-(.

    Posted by: me | Sep 25, 2010 7:34:18 PM

  8. @thirdnlong:

    Nice fill-in. Thanks.

    "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," huh?

    Posted by: Soren456 | Sep 25, 2010 8:15:43 PM

  9. @Bart - The Pastor's suit is clearly an abomination per Leviticus 19:19

    Posted by: Rebel | Sep 25, 2010 8:42:04 PM

  10. The Gay Media & advocacy groups are partly to blame for people like Long existing. The Gay Media & advocacy groups should have been calling out these homophobes as closeted men. How many more instances will there need to be before all virulent homophobes are declared self-denying closet cases?

    Posted by: von lmo | Sep 25, 2010 10:00:58 PM

  11. Ok. That photo?

    1. Gayface
    2. Wig
    3. Lapel

    Bishop Eddie "Down Low" Long Duk Dong is a fucking Gaytard.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Sep 26, 2010 3:54:34 AM

  12. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. needs to work on hiding that Gay Accent.

    Posted by: MarkDC | Sep 26, 2010 3:55:12 AM

  13. "He told reporters that he is praying for the situation and is "forgiving," though he stills belives "homosexuality is a sin."

    But fucking underage boys is A-OK!

    He should have kept his big mouth shut - sounds like we got another pedophile to join the "bishop".

    Posted by: Scott | Sep 26, 2010 6:29:43 AM

  14. Unfortunately, the self-styled "Bishop" Long's religious colleagues and fellow pastors will close-ranks to protect the most important part of their ministries...the collection plate.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Sep 26, 2010 9:27:04 AM

  15. From my POV, blacks as a group, especially religious blacks(any religion will do)remain one of the most homophobic, exclusive groups, and threats to the advancement of Gay Rights. When situations like Eddie Long's little DL problem come up; it just fills my heart with joy. There should, and undoubtably will be, alot more of such disclosures to come. I hope that these black bigots en mass, become so disillusioned, they might actually have to think about, and reevaluate what they believe, and where they came from.

    Posted by: booka | Sep 26, 2010 1:05:53 PM

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