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January 29th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

Bishop Eddie Long breaks media silence

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Atlanta, Georgia area megachurch pastor Eddie Long gives his first media interview since four young men accused him of sexual coercion last fall to CNN affiliate WSB.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Georgia • Leaders

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  1. J.Perrell

    His money cant buy him out of this. If the guys he molested accept his offering plate then they are just as sick as him. He has already been judged by the one who judges all...you cant hide from the big cheese!

    January 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Scott

      It’s very hard to believe in an omnipotent, omnisent and (especially) omnibenevolent god when certain people aren’t incinerated by bolts of lightening... The big cheese seems to be asleep at the switch

      January 30, 2011 at 9:27 am |
    • MikinAZ

      so sorry JP but not all of us are unstable enough to believe in your "who judges all" make believe. Why would we ever prosecute anyone if there really was some invisible allknowing allpowerful man in the sky?...(oh yeah forgot – he;s invisible too) WHy shouild we ever have any laws at all? Religion is bunk for the weak who relinquish their decision making responsibility to the rest of the human race to some book of fairy tales. You know why they call you "their flock"? because you are sheep...sheep follow blindly without question...sheep are stupid.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • claybigsby

      "He has already been judged by the one who judges all."

      Dont worry, he will repent and your god will save him....sure seems like a lot of rapists and murderers will be in heaven.

      January 31, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  2. blf83

    I wonder how much of his congregation's "offerings" he is using to defend the indefensible.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • jimmynog

      I think many of the "offerings" are up where the sun don't shine.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  3. Mullah Lite

    eddie shlong

    January 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Brian

    Hell must be a nice place when you look at the people who are going to heaven.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • hahahaha

      I have a feeling some people are printing their own counterfeit tickets to Heaven, just to hedge their bets. : )

      January 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  5. DDay

    Everyone here is so quick to judge. Don't forget that these are merely allegations. He may or may not be guilty, so until all evidence comes to light, let's not judge the guy.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Unfortunately, the good bishop (heavy sarcasm) chose to settle out of court. *I* take that as admission of his guilt, but I am sure others will view it differently...

      January 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • hahahaha

      Remember, men appoint themselves and each other, "men of God." And putting your faith in people has never been a good idea. They tend to have their own personal agendas. "Religious" ones often use God as an excuse for just about everything.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Rebecca

      Just the comment I wanted to make. Everyone is so fast to assume these allegations are true.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Know What

      On December 7th, 2010 Eddie Long opted to settle out of court.

      The official legal investigation has stopped. If his followers seek the truth, they will need to find it themselves. From the looks of this article, however, it seems as if they are letting it drop.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Kellyann

      Hello, DDay-if I were accused falsely of ANYTHING, there would be no way in hell I would settle out of of court. There had to be something to these accusations for the Pastor not wanting to take this to trial-and in order for anyone to file a civil suit, regardless of the accusations, there MUST be some kind of evidence to back it. Pastor Long, in my opinion, DID do something inappropriate because HE CHOSE NOT TO FIGHT the accusations with everything he has-and he does have the money to do so. In my opinion, it has been Pastor Long's inaction against these accusations that have shown guilt. He would not be the first, and unfortunately far from the last, to use religion to get whatever he wants-even hurting children. Why these "men of God" are almost always allowed to get away with it is beyond me-but as I stated earlier-if he is truly guilty of any wrong doing he should have taken this to court, to trial, because it is the defendants lawyers who have to prove the wrongdoing. As a parent, there is NO AMOUNT of money that would make me "settle." Those children are scarred for life, and Pastor Long has apparently gotten away with something abhorrent.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Kellyann

      if he is truly guilty -that was supposed to say "if he is truly NOT guilty of any wrong doing."

      January 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • sunshine&cornflakes

      Kellyann: Amen.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  6. J.Perrell

    Wheres the NAACP or Jesse or Al?? Are they not suppose to be trying to get this guy off because he's black and had a reallllly rough life????

    January 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • jimmynog

      But he likes it rough.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • rafael

      Apparently not. Your wrong assumptions are the focus of your own post. Well done.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • MikinAZ

      Actually the NAACP or Jesse or Al go to work for those that are wrongly accused and in need of legal assistance against the machine...apparently they do no consider him wrongly accused or in need of legal assistance...race has nothing to do with it – your assumption is bigoted.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  7. blf83

    Having been abused by an equally F'd Up pedophile, the 'pastor's" lines are SO familiar. If heaven and hell actually exist, there should be a special corner of hell reserved for such as the revved Long.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  8. Kristal

    eddie the tree thing thats your job remember heaven is in waiting 4 U

    January 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  9. 817tx

    What is it with the priests with boys?? They seem to molest every boy they see. What if I threw a little boy between two priests. Most likely they will fight to death!!

    January 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  10. GianCarlo

    When will they hypocrisy stop? The BS was running down the floor onto the shoes of these misguided worshipers. To even acknowledge this charlatan is disgusting to say the least. When are people going to wake up and say: this is not right. Or at least tell this charlatan to come out of the closet; the truth will set you free.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  11. Patrick A

    Noticed how all these Crooks and governments goes in hands in hands,they are both Corrupt and looking out for one another

    January 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  12. HotAirAce

    Is this really newsworthy? Perhaps only as an example of how these charlatans have no shame and can't resist a camera?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I couldn't remember the status of the allegations against this charlatan, and came across this:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_evangelist_scandals

      January 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • John

      Just as you couldn't resist posting a non-comment. It's news because you clicked on it. If you didn't care, you would have just ignored the link to the article.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Smitty

      I love it how some airhead always has to ask if a human interest story is "newsworthy". Hey, you read it!

      January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I clicked on it hoping for some honesty about the boys he abused. But it appears to be a puff piece probably intended to begin his rehabilitation as a chief charlatan.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • jimmynog

      I wanted pictures.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
    • Scott

      @ HotAirAce: Yes, and every one of them squealed like a pig about how he was innocent and the media was out to get him

      January 30, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @Steve

      And then they silent, like John and Smitty – the latest "drive by bloggers"...

      February 1, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Sorry – that should have been @Scott...

      February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  13. murphy

    He's a fat troll, and a hypocrite. Nuff said, he can go away now.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  14. Nicole

    I am not sue if he did sleep with those young men that's between him and the lord. But it must be a sin or at least a crime to wear a gerri curl wig!!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Naima63

      Now that was FUNNY!

      January 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Peacekeeper32

      LOL! And I thought I was the only one who caught that rag on is head.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • jimmynog

      The "lord"? Yeah that is funny.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Daryn

      It's between the preacher and the Lord? I had no idea that the Lord likes to watch priests get it on with young boys. Actually, now that I think about it, it would make much more sense if he did. It would explain why these priests are so boy-crazy.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • C Cee

      AMEN!!! ROTFL...isn't that toupee horrible??? He lost alot of his hair last year...should have just cut it off..

      January 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • Oliver60

      @ NIcole
      As much as I agree with you about the rug he was wearing, I have to disagree regarding the charges. Yes, it is between him and the Lord but if he did molest those boys, it is a crime that is punishable by law. There may be eternal consequences, but he has to abide by the laws of this world, as well. Some of us seem to forget the fact that he hasn't been proven guilty yet. (I'm a Christian but still have trouble believing he's telling the truth) Many of the posts already have him tried and sentenced. Is that what any of you would want if you were put in the same situation?

      January 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • delawhere

      bwa-ha-ha

      January 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • chele

      Heh! Yeah, really.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • rachele

      Nicole, I'm pretty sure it's a crime in any civilized society to wear a l wig like that one. If it isn't ,it really should be, and he should be arrested for aesthetic assault.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  15. ryan

    or should i take a left right at there?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  16. ryan

    Now i need to take a left, right?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  17. Gary, TX

    Religion most likely is blind .. but justice is not buddy!!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Joe

      Religion is not blind. Judgement belongs to God. Everyone of us are going to be judged by Him. You better get ready. His Son is willing to forgive you today.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • Matt

      Have you any proof of this Joe? Nah I didn't think you did... I also heard that if you were nice for 4 days in a row you got free ice cream! Better be good!

      January 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • CathyJ

      this comment is for Matt who replied to Gary: The proof is in the Bible. It is all about faith. Faith isn't faith if you need proof. You should read the complete works of Josephus a secular historian. He mentions Jesus of Nazareth.
      A person doesn't find what he or she isn't looking for. If you don't seek the spiritual, you won't find it!

      January 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • gogogopher

      The Abrahamic god of Quran, Bible, Torah is MYTH. Open your eyes and be born again. This time, as yourself.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      CathyJ every holy book in the world claims to be the holy word of God. All of them were written by men that wanted to control how you live.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • KeithTexas

      He is a pervert, liar, and servent of the very deamons he preaches against. If his flock chooses to continue to follow him then the path they are on will lead to their destruction.

      If he wasn't guilty he would fight to the death for his reputation.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • PentecostalTexan

      religion aint blind! you are! if you cant see the truth in the bible then you are like those that having eyes they see not and having ears hear not. The Lord loves you and i hope someday before you die and are lost eternally that the Holy Ghost would draw you to salvation.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Dealwith it

      Religon is most certainly not blind good sir.

      How else could the good people steer a flying jetliner into a building, hmmm?

      January 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • Scott

      Yes Joe, you are so right! I for example expect to be doubly damned because I both eat shellfish and ware cotton polyester blends.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • SDFrankie

      Repent now and accept the all-encompassing love of Jesus Christ. Accept his loving forgiveness now or he will cook your sinful flesh in a lake of fire for all eternity. Loving forgiveness or eternal spit-roast. That's the deal from our Savior.

      January 30, 2011 at 10:20 am |
    • Peace2All

      @SDFrankie

      You Said: "Repent now and accept the all-encompassing love of Jesus Christ. Accept his loving forgiveness now or he will cook your sinful flesh in a lake of fire for all eternity. Loving forgiveness or eternal spit-roast. That's the deal from our Savior."

      Wow... 'Accept his 'loving forgiveness'...or... he will cook our sinful flesh... 'Loving forgiveness or eternal spit-roast'...?

      LOL... I'm sorry, however that is one of the 'funnier' evangelical Christian threats i have seen on this blog, and I have been on this since near the beginning.

      Peace...

      January 30, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  18. cisco4

    Who said this:."they call him long for short...but not short for long"..?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • jellylee2020

      You just did.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  19. bobby

    @really?
    Mabye you should develop a sense of humor?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • I thought it was funny...

      @really?'s reply was quite hilarious actually.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • John

      Yes, "really?" was funny. First One To Comment unimaginative plea for attention was just sad.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • Great

      @first one to comment, Maybe you should develop a life.-CNN breaks silence; vows to start writing articles longer than one sentence.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  20. bobby

    agreed

    January 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
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