Sep 23, 2010

Via AJC:
 
Bishop Eddie Long, in his first public statement since he was sued by three men who alleged he coerced them into having sexual relationships, said he has  been  "through storms and my faith has always sustained me."

" I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so," he said in a statement released by his spokesman. " However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. "

He asked for patience and said he plans to respond to the charges during services at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.

Earlier, his attorney,  Craig Gillen,  took to the air  to defend his client against charges he used his pastoral influence to coerce three men into having sexual relations.

Gillen was interviewed by Roland Martin for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. It was the first public interview by Long's attorneys since three lawsuits were filed against the head of the Atlanta mega-church.

"These false allegations are an attack on Bishop Long personally. They are an attack on New Birth and all of the 25,000 good people who attend that church, and it's an attack on the mentoring program that has helped thousands of young men," Gillen said.

Gillen also read Long's statement on the air.

"Let me be clear. The charges against me and New Birth are false," Long's statement said.

Gillen said Long, a married father of four, was "chomping at the bit" to speak out on the the show, but that he had advised against doing so.

Gillen questioned the character of some of the men who filed the lawsuits. At least one, Maurice Robinson, was arrested in connection with a June break-in at the church. He said lawyers are trying to get a copy of a tape of the burglary.

Gillen said the lawsuits have "ignited a firestorm against this good man." He implied the motives of the lawsuits were money.

 
 
 
 
Now, I am a prime believer in a person being 'innocent until proven guilty', but something about these photos just don't sit right with me.  Maybe I'm making something out of nothing, but I just don't understand the purpose of him sending these photos to these boys.  Now, his attorney defended him by saying the following:
 
"The photos don't corroborate these charges. [Bishop Long] is a health advocate, he's a weight lifter. He's a fella, who's gonna go to work and he's gonna have on a muscle shirt. And you know he may show up in church in a muscle shirt. There's nothing really in those photographs that seems to me corroborative of these allegations." source
 
It still doesn't sit right. 

4 comments:

  1. I thank God that Bishop Long has not made a statement on these allegations because it is an demonic attack on the church and he knows that God will bring him and his church safely throw because God said No weapon form against me shall proper no tongue raise in deceit will move Him so Bisphop I am praying for the Lord to continue to give you and hyour family strenght as yu go through this storm

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  2. Where are the defamation of character lawsuits? He doesn't have to say a word. If he filed them against the defendants, I'd like to see what happens. The only defense in defamation of character suits is TRUTH...

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  3. I first saw Eddie long on tv and watched his sermon. He had long nails, a dress that he was trying to pass off as a robe and he looked like he was at least wearing foundation but I also think lip gloss and mascara. After listening to his sermon one thought popped into my head, this man has not been called by God. People need to remember that the Bible tells of many Antichrist who will come and deceive.

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  4. If you ever get a chance study Jesus' teachings, and how he uses sheep as a metaphor for church-goers. In a nutshell, sheep are some of the dumbest animals to exist. They will follow anything, and they will follow anywhere. They are very dumb animals. I was a member of that church and I do believe that Bishop is guilty. Earl Paulk was his mentor and taught him everything he knows.

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