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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. Paul

    The answer should be YES or NO. DID YOU DO IT YES OR NO? I can't imagine a Bishop sending shirtless pictures to boys from his Church. It is not about Media, Black or White. It is about these guys acting like they were GOD and can tell people what to do all the times: "say to your neighbor I love you", "say to 5 people, I love you too", "Squeeze your neighbor and say wake and his is talking about you", "say to your neighbor, you are looking good today"... This has nothing to do with preaching but that's they way they are acting in Churches. Why this man is traveling around the world with boys? Don't be quick to defend, this is not good for a preacher.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
  2. Rudi Merom

    Someone that did not do anything...is not hiding...

    January 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
  3. Paul

    I don't know if he did it or not but I want to say that just because he didn't fight it means he's guilty is wrong. No one has EVER been as innocent as Jesus when He went to the cross. Yet, the Bible says He said or did nothing, just trusted in the one who sent him (Ist Peter 2:24). The next verse (25) says He is OUR example. Keeping your mouth shut and trusting God may not seem right to all, but it is scriptural, and as I see it in scripture, we have an example to follow.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
    • Thelma

      I guess it comes down to if you believe the scripture is "the word of God'. My Bible lists the publisher, but not the contributing authors. Nor does it give any credit to the interpreters. To me, the Bible is just a collection of cautionary tales.Stories with moral value. Written by Man, interpreted by Man, and published by Man. Bible, Koran, Book of Morman, Greek and Roman Mythology.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  4. Paul

    I don't know if he did it or not but I want to say that just because he didn't fight it means he's guilty is wrong. No one has EVER been as innicent as Jesus when He went to the cross. Yet, the Bible says He said or did nothing, just trusted in the one who sent him. The next verse says He is OUR example. Keeping your mouth shut and trusting God may not seem right to all, but it is scriptural, and as I see it in scripture, we have an example to follow.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  5. Ridiculous

    Jesse and Al, biggest sell outs. NAACP, I know a few black folks that got forced out of their jobs due to discrimination, wrote you and no one came to our state to help them.

    Sham, sham, sham.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Juwon

    All this derogative comments on a man of God who has touched lives and affected destinies positively?hmm allow God judge..let's not critize..d anointed..its dangerous but let's rather pray 4 him.If u can't pray..keep ur mouth shut

    January 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
    • HA HA!

      Yeah, he touched people all right, that's his problem!

      January 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  7. RyanTime

    I don't get it. Hiding behind an idiom, in this case "Jesus" or "God" does not forgive or make wrongs right. To seek forgiveness and to truly repent means to take responsibility for one's actions. It means to be able to reflect on the past and see the light. It means to say "i'm sorry" and truly mean it. These people both in the church and on this blog should be ashamed for suggesting that muttering a few words to "God" will make everything right. Regardless of the truth, this man made poor choices. Then again, so probably did all of his people blindly following him "in the name of the Lord." Give me a break. This man is flesh, just like the rest of us.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  8. mm

    Eddie, you are guilty . God bless the young mens.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  9. adam

    "Cocoa Brother" LOL

    January 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  10. rafael

    This crime appears to have been settled out of court, but wearing that shirt and tie should be next.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  11. maria

    Please

    January 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  12. Amy613

    They're here! That's right the 2 witnesses spoken of in revelation chapter 11
    Call 800 613 9494
    http://Www.Yahweh.com

    January 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  13. Wholly Mary

    He shall feel the wrath of Dog!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  14. joewood1

    Yes, I bet he has "impact" on some young men's life. Yes, lives have "been changed."
    Why is it when a white man does something wrong we all turn on them, and when a black man does the same, we embrace him and make excuses and feel lenient and sad? Hmm. Yes, lets see. OJ. Kobe Bryant. Tiger Woods. Leonard Little. Poor guys; it must be hard being black. Sorry guys; I guess I'm just a racist, and not just pointing something out.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • wow...

      You certainly aren't racist for that, because I agree. But, unfortunately, when most of the criminals you see on the news are young black men, you hate seeing men that are in the global spotlight making black men look bad as well.

      But, yeah, it's not as EASY as you may think being black. No one is above the law, so they deserve the consequences, but let's not be ignorant enough to think that racism doesn't exist anymore and people don't judge all black people for the actions of a few.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  15. wise1

    He did what he did and his sheep will defend him to the end. When will people realize the magicial man in the sky does not exist and religion is the new slavery! Pastor\Preachers are no different then pimps, they put their workers on the track to get THEIR money to help them live their lives. Why is it that every pastor\preacher has to have the biggest house and best care while their people are often just getting by?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • wow...

      The sad part of what you just said is that you think because of the pastors you've seen that everyone is like that. I happen to go to a church where he doesn't even like doing offering. He encourages financial peace and everything we do moneywise is without borrowing, the biblical way to do things. Preachers like mine are few and far between, but they do exist. I had to search to find one that doesn't skip verses in the Bible like some don't matter, but I found one.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Thelma

      $$$$$

      January 29, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  16. baatman74

    Oh geezzzz, another site with word police. I'm outta here....

    January 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Let Freedom Ring

      I have made many posts WITHOUT the "trigger" buzzwords and still hade my posts "moderated". This site lies to their readers.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Maybe

      Freedom,

      There must be something in your post triggering the auto filter - a word fragment within a word possibly. They are difficult to find sometimes. Silly CNN, they won't fix it. Have you seen @Reality's pretty comprehensive list?

      p.s. I suppose you could try posting it a sentence at a time, until you see which one is setting it off 🙂

      January 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Reality

      The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there are words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

      • More than one web address will also activate “waiting for moderation”. Make sure the web address does not have any forbidden word or fragment.

      Sum Dude routinely updates the list of forbidden words/fragments.

      Two of the most filtered words are those containing the fragments "t-it" and "c-um". To quickly check your comments for these fragments, click on "Edit" on the Tool Bar and then "Find" on the menu. Add a fragment (without hyphens) one at a time in the "Find" slot and the offending fragment will be highlighted in your comments before you hit the Post button. Hyphenate the fragment(s) and then hit Post. And remember more than one full web address will also gain a "Waiting for Moderation".

      "Raison's Filter Fiber© (joking about the copyright)

      1. Here's my latest list – this seems like a good spot to set this down, as nobody's posting much on this thread.....
      --–
      bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to post that wonderful argument:
      Many, if not most are buried within other words, but I am not shooting for the perfect list, so use your imagination and add any words I have missed as a comment (no one has done this yet)
      – I found some but forgot to write them down. (shrugs).
      s-ex
      c-um.........as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, etc.
      sp-ic........as in disp-icable (look out Sylvester the cat!)
      ho-mo...whether ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, etc.
      t-it.........const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, etc.
      an-al......ban-al
      sh-it
      fu-ck...
      who-re
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, (an unexpected one)
      pr-ick
      sl-ut
      c-lit
      va-g....as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant
      hor-ny
      ar-se....yet "ass" is not filtered!
      nip-ple
      po-rn
      c-ock
      nig-ger
      cu-nt
      b-itch
      ra-pe
      jacka-ss...but ass is fine lol
      p-is.....as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, etc.
      o ficti-tious, repeti-tion, competi-tion.
      Sna-tch
      soft-ware
      Ja-panese
      There are more, so do not assume that this is complete.
      -–
      okay words that you might not expect to be filtered....!!!
      beaver
      penis
      ass
      crap
      damn
      anal
      anus
      sphincter
      testicles
      testes
      pubic
      boob
      --

      Here's a word to add to the banned list: co-co-on
      whether it's c-oc, or co-on, this is ridiculous

      January 30, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  17. Chuck

    They said he perfumes his balls.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
    • Thelma

      After he washes them, I hope?

      January 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Every man must "carry his own cross" and Eddie Long has never denied or explained himself therefore I find it very disturbing when others want to "carry Long's cross" when it's his to bear alone.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  19. Dino

    can eddie share some of his millions in cash with me? I promise to do good things and "work miracles."

    January 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  20. Uh Huh...

    That's organized religion for ya... they want your money, soul and now your kids... what's next?

    January 29, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
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