Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bishop Eddie Long Settles Out of Court

Yes, the guilty must pay and pay he did. Bishop Eddie Long has settled his sex scandal case out of court.
B.J. Bernstein, the attorney representing the men, said in a statement that the lawsuits against Long and his church have “been resolved.”
Bernstein's two-paragraph statement said that neither she nor the accusers would talk about the lawsuits “now or in the future.”

Art Franklin, a Long spokesman, said Thursday that the pastor settled because it “is the most reasonable road for everyone to travel.”
“This decision was made to bring closure to this matter and to allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry,” Franklin said in a statement. Long is an internationally known televangelist who crusaded against gay marriage, and the lawsuits against him drew national attention.

The settlement comes eight months after Long, the senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Georgia, said from the pulpit of his 25,000 member megachurch that he vowed to fight the accusations against him, with the congregation cheering in response.
To be honest, I hate that he didn't go to court for this. I believe he is guilty and he took advantage of those boys. I hope his church members wake up and see the liar and charlatan he really is.



Howard said...

Agreed, I also think he is a big, closeted predator. But I hold little hope for his congregation having an epiphany of some kind. With the amount of pulpit-dwelling sex offenders out there, you'd think they'd get it by now.

Bob said...

I doubt his church will change anytime soon. It's the blind leading the blind, deaf and mute.

Daij said...

I wouldn't expect them to leave his church en masse, but I'm curious about the number of people that did leave. Some people will defend their leaders even if the truth is staring them in the face.

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