He’s a staunchly idealistic religious figure and he’s being accused of living the exact same lifestyle that he’s preached against. Yup, another one.
Bishop Eddie Long is a senior pastor at a mega-church with over 25,000 congregation members in Georgia. He’s been called “…the most virulently homophobic black leader in the religiously based anti-gay movement” and he’s recently been accused of sexually coercing two young members of his congregation.
And guess what? They’re dudes. No big surprise there. After a decade of the Catholic Church sexcapades, the hypocrisies of modern organized religion have joined the ranks with holy communion and Easter as recognizable facets of the faith.
It must be a crushing feeling when your messiah totally fucks you over and abandons you in the middle of the desert. But Long is one of many bobble-head-worthy figures equally as famous for their false righteousness as their hypocrisy.
In 2006 the self-righteous evangelical preacher Ted Haggard was famously found to have not only had affairs with men but to have used crystal meth. He claims to have since “rehabilitated” himself (of homosexuality, not drug use, mind you) and started his very own church earlier this year.
Long recently told CNN: “I don’t believe in the gay lifestyle. I don’t believe it’s God’s way.” And the drama of the double standard continues…