From The Grio — By Ronda Racha Penrice — Allegations from 21-year-old Anthony Flagg and 20-year-old Maurice Robinson of sexual impropriety by prominent Atlanta minister, Bishop Eddie Long, who presides over New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which sits on 240 acres of land in Lithonia, GA and has over 25,000 members, shook the gospel community last night. During a press conference, the young men’s attorney, B.J. Bernstein, best known for winning justice for Genarlow Wilson, who was wrongly incarcerated for sexual predatory behavior as a teen, detailed several incidents of Long’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Flagg alleges that he and Long shared a bed at various hotels during several trips paid for by the church. In addition, Flagg was on the New Birth payroll and was given a Mustang convertible for his personal use. Robinson had similar allegations and claims that Long engaged in sexual relations with him during a trip to Auckland, New Zealand. In addition to receiving a Malibu car for his use, Robinson’s tuition at an area college was also paid. Long reportedly referred to such men as his “spiritual sons” and even conducted a candlelit ceremony to seal that covenant.

Because both men were 16 or older at the time of alleged sexual activity, the age of sexual consent in the state of Georgia, the suit is not a criminal one. Instead, the suit alleges pastoral misconduct and seeks punitive damages against Long, New Birth and LongFellows Youth Academy, a tuition-based nonprofit program specifically designed for young boys that Long personally oversaw. Long, through his attorney Craig Gillen, has denied the allegations.

On Twitter, the story was a top trending topic last night. Atlanta radio personality Mizz Shyneka tweeted “I just think that every1 needs 2 reserve judgment about Bishop Eddie Long until they know all the facts! Those are big accusations!” Popular gospel music duo Mary Mary urged their Twitter followers to “be quiet and pray for Bishop Eddie Long..” [sic]

The Southern Poverty Law Center identified Long as “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement” in 2007. Long, along with New Birth pastor Bernice King, daughter of civil rights icons Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, led a 2004 march described by gay rights activists as “an anti-gay marriage march.” In 2006, Julian Bond reportedly did not attend Coretta Scott King’s funeral services at New Birth because of the church’s anti-gay stance.

(Continue Reading @ The Grio…)

Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
  • I really hope the allegations are false, but damage has already been done, and not just to Bishop Long. These sort of accusations make black women even less trusting of brothers, and this is the last thing our community needs.

    Is the Down Low Fear Justified?
    http://singleindependentsistah.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/is-the-down-low-fear-justified/

  • This spiritual son and daughter stuff is going toooooo far. Long is not the only one to use/misuse it. In Kaiserslautern Germany Life Changers New Horizon has a cult leader that does the same thing. Now this man is in trouble with the law for misuse of money, and he is the subject of sexual misuse with the ladies. It is alleged that he and his pastor are sleeping around, then there is the report of the mistress that is married to a member in his cult and then there is the report about two females – one an elder both went through an abortion after getting pregnant by the leader and now there are pictures of a child said to be fathered by him on facebook with another married women in his cult. Yep, this man fancies himself as quite the lady’s man and brags about being the “prize.” If – “IF” Long is guilty he has plenty of company.

  • Linda Parham

    Put not your trust in man, for he WILL deceive you. This is a case that only God can judge. This is based on biblically and spiritually. First of all to sleep with anything that is forbidden such as animal and humans and men and men and women and women is an abomination anyway and for a shepherd to abuse his flock and a Pastor to molest the saints, male or female is just plain as day sin. So if this happened God has already judged him and there is nothing we can do about that, but pray for the people that he has confused. His verdit will come from God which will be the maximum, and who can stand?