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Watch: Prominent Anti-Gay Atlanta Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long Charged with Pressuring Male Employees into Sex


Prominent anti-gay Atlanta Pastor Eddie Long has been charged of coercing young male members and employees of his church into sex, in a lawsuit brought by two men in Dekalb, Georgia who say Long used his authority improperly and pressured them, via his authority, to have sexual relations.

The AJC reports: Bush_long

"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."

CNN reports:

"Long is considered one of the nation's top black preachers. His church has more 25,000 members, according to the suit, and was the site of Coretta Scott King's 2006 funeral, attended by then-President George W. Bush and three previous presidents. King was the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The pastor took one plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, on overnight trips to a half-dozen American cities in recent years, Flagg's suit alleges. 'Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,' the suit says. Long took the other plaintiff, Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, to Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2008 for his 18th birthday and engaged in oral sex with him, Robinson's suit alleges."

Sanchez And, oh the hypocrisy:

"Long frequently denounces homosexual behavior. A 2007 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine called him 'one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.'"

Long denies the charges.

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  1. This news is a shock to Towleroad readers, right?

    One can only wonder how many more times does this have to happen before every single anti-gay pastor is discredited.

    As for Long, if he loses the suit, like Haggard he will lose his congregation, but continue as a "reformed" pastor, complete with the usual cliches about he wouldn't have same-sex desires if he had not been abused in his childhood, et cetera.

    Posted by: Rick S. | Sep 22, 2010 7:46:35 AM

  2. A homophobic pastor coercing young men into having sex with him? I cannot believe it! Shocking! Completely Shocking!

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 22, 2010 7:48:40 AM

  3. But the story gets juicier.

    According to Church Plus News, Pastor Long (wait for it) bragged about the unfathomable girth and length of his erect penis to these young male congregants and send pictures of it (which are linked to at the site but I don't want to link to them here). Yes, I am a lesbian, but I've never in my live seen a penis so incredibly thick. I pray, pray, pray that he did not injury these men when he allegedly lied down with them. Pastor Long, chile.

    My heart goes out to all victims of homophobia and predators!

    Posted by: veg | Sep 22, 2010 7:57:00 AM

  4. oh c'mon, give us the link to the pics!

    sheesh! what a tease.

    Posted by: kodiak | Sep 22, 2010 8:11:16 AM

  5. Note to all so-called “Christians”: You’re not the solution, you’re the problem.

    Posted by: ichabod | Sep 22, 2010 8:11:33 AM

  6. it is so important that this world know god for his self. Before we start pointing fingers you better pray that god is the one who reveils the real truth to you, because if you say anything aganist any person of god thatgod has anointed. You bring your own judgement down from god. SO REMEMBER ONLY GOD IS THE TRUE JUDGE.

    Posted by: HARRIS | Sep 22, 2010 8:20:17 AM

  7. Sorry for the typos...English is my 2nd language obviously!

    Posted by: veg | Sep 22, 2010 8:22:16 AM

  8. I hope there's enough proof (girth pics) to prove their case and not let this get swept under the rug, or in the closet...

    Posted by: John Normile | Sep 22, 2010 8:51:59 AM

  9. @ HARRIS : You're kidding. Right ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 22, 2010 9:08:34 AM

  10. I do not understand why prominent Christian leaders, speakers and ministers seem so focused on graphic aspects of gay and lesbian sex. They generally do not speak so graphically about straight sex. It seems the louder and more virulent they are, the more deeply involved with gay sex - and hypocrisy - they are. I'm willing to assume innocent until proven guilty in this case (we all should do this before reacting), but why oh why are Christian leaders so rabidly focused on sex?? Can anyone provide an answer? (I'm not trying to be funny orsarcastic, I honestly wish to know.) Thanks.

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Sep 22, 2010 9:10:06 AM

  11. Oh Happy Day!

    (And we know what Pastor Long was washing...or getting washed!)

    @Veg- Yeah, yeah, the name theory but I've had sex with a couple of these pastors before and based on my two previous experiences, there's a reason why they are usually bottoms...

    So Long may be an exception to the rule but, girlfriend, you CANNOT come to Towleroad and drop some half-ass tea like that on us queens.

    UH, we need hot links, please, LOL.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 22, 2010 9:12:15 AM

  12. @Harris, so let me get this straight (no pun intended). Your god has the final say or judgment of our pathetic souls, yet so called christians demonize and judge us everyday of the week. So what's good for the goose isn't good for the gander?

    Excuse me if I'm being judgmental or even rude, but kindly go fuck yourself, your god, your false identity, your fucking egotistical backasswards thinking that's sucked the life out of people like me. I don't believe in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus nor your god. I hope this guy loses his parish, his way of life and spends an eternity repenting for baring false witness and using your god for his own selfish pleasure.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 22, 2010 9:15:12 AM

  13. @HARRIS: we are not supposed to say anything bad about an annointed minister who has seduced boys ?
    Whereas he can quote Leviticus at us and call us an abomination ?
    What planet have you come from ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 22, 2010 9:34:02 AM

  14. My question is: how can someone who is gay do what these people do to other gays?

    The worst public homophobes are always closeted gay men. WTF?

    I cannot wrap my brain around it.

    Posted by: Rin | Sep 22, 2010 9:44:04 AM

  15. Guys this is not just about a closeted gay hypocite, the real story, IF TRUE, here is about a predatory man abusing children.

    When I trained as a lawyer I was trained by a wonderful lawyer who acted in these types of abuse cases and I have to say that the stuff being talked about on the tv clips sounds a lot like grooming to me, the type of stuff I learned about when doing my training.

    It may be possible that these young men's lawyers know how to together an affidaivit that sounds convincing, however if this stuff is true the police need to be involved - just the way they should have been with the catholic priests thiry years ago.

    I haven't been involved in this type of law for over 15 years but it still brings a chill to me thinking about those cases.

    This stuff is about power as much as sex just like the young girls who are abused in the fashion modeling world.

    Posted by: arch | Sep 22, 2010 10:27:29 AM

  16. @Rin: There is no reason at all for anyone who is comfortable with himself/herself sexually to be so tarnsfixed on criticizing the private sex lives of other people.
    These pastors will quote one sentence in Leviticus to attack gay people because they are afraid of their own shadow. You don't see the same people with protest signs outside of Red lobster quoting the part in Leviticus against eating shellfish, or outside of football games quoting Leviticus against using a pigskin, or even avoiding movie theatres and restaurants on the Sabbath (let alone taking up public campaigns against the people working there).

    They have been taught to be terrified of their own sexual feelings and in particular homosexual feelings.

    A University of Georgia study showed that, among men who label themselves as completely heterosexual, those who were comfortable around gay people had little or no reaction to being shown man-on-man porn, while those who were very homophobic would get partial-to-full erections when man-on-man porn was shown.

    I've seen it among my friends too, when I was closeted. The guys who were comfortable around gay people never came on to me sexually in any way. Among the homophobic guys, their hidden sexual feelings would come out in certain situations in very inappropriate ways.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 22, 2010 10:29:38 AM

  17. And Donna Brazile defended him on Twitter yesterday. Unbelievably disappointing.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 22, 2010 10:56:27 AM

  18. I'm a recovering Catholic who thinks in a linear fashion so I'm not religious. From a philosophical standpoint, Christ was pretty much on the money. Love yourself, pay it forward and everything else should take care of itself. The problem is the so called religious, the so called anointed who spew hatred and call it preaching the gospel.

    Religion is now and always has been a measure used to keep the masses in control through fear, intimidation, extortion and promises of riches in another life. It's practices have been directly responsible for some of the greatest atrocities in history including but not limited to the Salem Witch Hunts and 9/11. In the immortal words of Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST, "...mother make it stop!"

    And on a side note, doesn't the picture of the pastor and Bush look like he's giving Bush a hand job? I'm just saying.

    Posted by: KevMusic | Sep 22, 2010 11:59:11 AM

  19. Luke 12:2-3
    But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Sep 22, 2010 12:22:36 PM

  20. Baptist preacher rapists charged, arrested and convicted in DROVES whilst their pew sitters are told to circle the wagons and offer up further victims while SBC claims keeping their predators from behind pulpits "...would cause confusion"

    The leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention refuse to warn churches against known predator preachers claiming they are afraid of being sued by preachers who are predators.

    The Stop Baptist Predators site has a massive list of known predators already charged and convicted with heinous crimes
    and a section where victims report how they were abused further when reporting to church leadership.


    Posted by: Sooz | Sep 22, 2010 12:33:43 PM

  21. So, the reverend likes kielbasa with his collard greens and grits?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 22, 2010 1:24:57 PM

  22. Donna Brazille is an idiot. Only she could take Gore, coming off 8 very successful years, and lose to Bush in 2000.

    Posted by: ATLSteve | Sep 22, 2010 1:48:59 PM

  23. AJC: "...Megachurch head..." Glory Hole Hallelujah!

    Posted by: Timzilla | Sep 22, 2010 2:25:59 PM

  24. Why is it that so many men who vehemently attack gays from their pulpits, testify against them in court cases, and vote against them in Congress, turn out to be closeted gays? George Rekers, Larry Craig, and Ted Haggard, are just a few of the most prominent. I can't help but look at the gay-hate spewed by James Dobson and wonder.

    Posted by: Will Churchman | Sep 22, 2010 4:02:30 PM

  25. To Rat Bastard...nice racist comment

    Posted by: Yo Mama | Sep 23, 2010 12:10:58 AM

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