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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. joy

    DOGma...I cast the first stone because i did not commit this kind of crime. It is sad when we make excuseses for people like these who claim to be the upright and uphold "moral high office" an ordinary entertainer who never lay claim to perfection can be thrown away with bath water even with no proof as well but just for being an addict. Hypocrit west call a spade a spade Michael Jackson's situation had no substantiated evidence as much as pastor Long's and the whole of America threw him to the dogs until he paid with his life and even in death you still would not let go.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  2. blackginger

    terrible man, God will deal with him

    January 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • settino

      God? The problem with this world is exactly that. too many goatrs beleive in the super natural. Europe is way ahead of the US with counbtires that are 60, 70, and even 80% non beleivers in this crap called religion. 90% in the US believe in God. Madness!!!!

      January 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
    • wow...

      @settino
      So, because basically because millions of people believe something the other set of millions of people HAVE to be wrong? Do you believe that God doesn't exist simply because a bunch of people feel that way? Then why the heck is that even a reason?

      January 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
    • UncleM

      Wow – you've got it backwards. The burden of proof is on you to prove that god exists, which you can't because all religion is a dangerous mass delusion

      January 30, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  3. Big Pimpin'

    Da Pastor be BIG PIMPIN' !!!
    He be gay pimpin' too!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Nothing wrong with being gay. Being a hypocrite and a liar, now those are problems, especially for a "man of good" (much sarcasm intended).

      January 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  4. Wisdom4u2

    Breaks his silence???
    Hell, he hasn't been silent!!!!
    He just needed a little more time to gather his lies!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  5. jesus

    Let those without sin ! Cast the first stone ?!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Thelma

      jesus! Next time you are sending messages, please capitalize you name. And I cannot cast the first stone on this one, 'cause I have not committed this particular sin. However, I am sure that God will judge it. it's called "Lust" and it is a sin in many religions. It is also considered a sin in many families, neighborhoods, schools, churches, countries(OMG you could be beheaded in some countries!!!)

      January 30, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  6. jesus

    Let those without sin ! Cast the first stone !!

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

      Must be a lot of sinless christians out there because they sure do cast a lot of stones at people they don't like. Gays for example

      January 30, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  7. misguided pawn

    if he went to prison he would be a dead man, trust me.

    Thats irrelevant I suppose. As long as the victims are happily paid then justice need not be served. Hail the mighty dollar, it has taken Christ's place on the cross for so many people in this country. DISGUSTING

    January 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  8. dennis

    Let those without sin cast the first stone !

    January 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • rachele

      Well, alrighty, then, here I am with my giant pile of stones! It's a regular rock garden! Here, y'all help yourselves if you'd like to throw a stone at a child-molesting "man of God."No, no, take a much larger one than that, bigger is better for this clown-boy!

      January 30, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • Scott

      Well seeing how slow god's just retribution is in punishing the guilty, It's probably time to start casting stones

      January 30, 2011 at 9:45 am |
    • Scott

      This story, beloved for its revelation of God's mercy toward sinners, is found only in John. It was almost certainly not part of John's original Gospel. The NIV separates this passage off from the rest of the Gospel with the note, "The earliest and most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53–8:11." – BibleGateway

      January 30, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • Steve

      It is true but a balnced Biblical view of church has the church mediating in cases where a Pastor has possibly hurt members. To allow him to continue in his role without any apparent discipline shows that this is probably not a Biblical church where we submit to one another and elders and deacons serve Pastor Long rather than in Christian love hold him accountable. Beyond that many of the big mega churches do not submit themselves to financial accountability either. (check out EFCA)

      January 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  9. stephan

    anything done in the dark will come to light so if he did do it shame on him, its not 4 us to judge him but to pray 4 him he is a sick man and hes not the only one God will revile all who wear his name but dont live by his commandments that means you and me! peace!

    January 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  10. stephan

    He is what you call a false prophet god talk about these kindof people in the bible " the blind lead the blind and they all fall in a ditch" we dont get away with anything if we dont pay for it here we will pay on the day of judgement! God is not mocked!

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

      He’s not very impressive either. He has so many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes. He’s a pretty poor excuse for a Supreme Being.

      January 30, 2011 at 9:40 am |
    • Scott

      Mock. Mock mock mock mock mock!!!!!

      January 30, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • MikinAZ

      JesusFNChrist, mock mock and more mocking – your make believe super power invisible guy scares me not

      January 30, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  11. blackrhino

    I would like to think he his innocent of the accusations, BUT if he is guilty, the black community, especially his congregation, MUST demand he step aside

    January 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
    • MikinAZ

      oh lets not be to harsh on him (sarcasm) Step aside? really? you want him to step aside? will all be forgiven if he "steps aside"?Jesus FN Christ – please tell me we have not gotten to the point with this religious insanity that when a "man of the cloth" or any religious leader is caught molesting – that his punishment is merely to "step aside"...when they catch an ice cream guy molesting, should we make him give up his route? you religious folk sure are simple

      January 30, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  12. blackrhino

    religion is such a powerful tool...but in the wrong hands, it is as destructive as an atom bomb.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  13. Sighko Sis

    The people who support him really need to take a step back and examine themselves.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  14. misguided pawn

    its not blood lust, its the truth. I didnt say I wanted to kill him. Its a fact that child molesters and rapists (especially those made famous in the media) are immediate targets in prison.

    Deal with it.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Know What

      misguided,

      He is not a child molester - he was evil/smart enough to wait until they were of legal age.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  15. ATLdoogie

    Silly me, I thought that was mayonnaise on Eddie's lip.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  16. sickofthisjunk

    http://www.exposingjonathanlmcknight.com

    January 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  17. sickofthisjunk

    This man is one of MANY and everyone needs to TURN AWAY from them!!! Check this WOULD BE up and comnig mega church / business man of Orlando Florida. http://www.exposingjonathanlmcknight.com

    January 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  18. misguided pawn

    and if there was an out of court settlement... it was always about the money.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  19. misguided pawn

    He will be delt with when he gets to prison.

    They will open his throat ON SIGHT. Trophie kill... if found guilty of course.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Know What

      misguided pawn,

      No criminal charges have been filed - so he won't be going to prison for this. It's a civil lawsuit.

      He is a low-life, however... and seemingly so are you, with your disgusting blood-lust.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  20. V

    It's good to see him in good spirits. I can't wait to see him acquitted of all the charges. Bishop Long are prayers are with you as you go through the fire.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Richard

      Will you feel the same way if he's found stone cold guilty? Or is it OK to be a deviant predator as long as you have a church standing behind you?

      January 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Peacekeeper32

      At first I thought what you commented was fun-knee, then I reread it. I say, my prays are with him when he go through the lake of fire.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • V

      Were you there? Do you know he did it? Who are you to judge? I'm sure you have plenty of skeltons in your own closet. He who is without sin, cast the first stone.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • V

      At Peacekeeper....Yes people are praying for him as he goes THROUGH the fire. Fire meaning trial in this matter.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Know What

      V,

      "He who is without sin, cast the first stone."

      It looks like you have already judged him - and you have judged him innocent, hmmmm - so, it's okay to judge one way, but not the other, eh?

      January 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • BuzzMann

      I have never committed child molestation,so can I throw my rock now?

      January 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • sunshine&cornflakes

      V: May I suggest an in-depth word study of "judge" as it is used in scripture. Christians can rightly and with the love and mercy of Christ judge behavior to determine how to instruct or warn others, but God and God alone is the judge of one's eternal destiny. We are not to correct another when we are guilty of the same thing. It is a fact that we are all sinners or "have skeletons in our closets" to use your terminology, but this is not justification to look the other way if a brother stumbles. If Bishop Long is guilty of these accusations, he has a problem that will most definitely resurface if he does not acknowledge it and seek treatment. Unfortunately, another young man's life may be traumatized meanwhile.

      The Bible explicitly states, in Matthew 18:5-7, that if "anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." "Little ones" encompasses not only children, but those who are weaker in or new to the faith. No amount of bling, narcissism, or the blind adoration of congregants will shield such a perp, and his judgement may very well manifest before he leaves this earth.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Andy

      Good one Buzzman, throw away, and make them big.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • chele

      Well, V, I wouldn't be holding my breath if I were you.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • chele

      V, in one of your posts, you ask if we have any "skeltons" [sic–your spelling, not mine] in our own closets. Skeltons?As in relatives of the late Red Skelton? Or do you mean skeletons? To answer your question, no, I have no skeletons, nor do I have any "Skeltons," in my closet. I have no child-molesting skeletons nor child-molesting "Skeltons" in my closet. Neither can be found in any of my closets. i know this because I just checked to make sure. Both sound very scary to me. Better go check your own closets.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
    • quinn

      "are prayers" are with you?Was this a typo or simply illiteracy? Speak for yourself,
      "are prayers," as you would write it, ARE not with somebody who molests children and hides behind the church to do so, which I believe is what he is doing.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
    • ohsnap

      V...it is people like you, who blindly believe in idiots like this, that are just as much to blame. Black Pentecostal churches are LOADED with men like Eddie Long and you know it, just like the Catholic church. It's one of those secrets that black people keep to themselves and don't talk about. But you are right about one thing...God will judge those like Long and also those who keep silent when knowing the truth and who continue to turn a blind eye.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Scott

      The famous story of the woman taken in adultery (Jn 7:53 – 8:11) does not appear in the third or forth century manuscripts of John. It first appears in a fifth century manuscript

      January 30, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • MikinAZ

      good luck with that prayin thing – let me know how it works out for you...since this guy has already settled out of court...the train has already left the station regarding his innocence. Religion is bunk.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:19 am |
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