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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. everyone in the world

    Yep,Gods Glory is Love!Love keeps Hell Down!!!!!without this Great Gift People Will hurt Children,the most.See ya in love,with the truth

    January 30, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  2. everyone in the world

    Hey,howed you guys Know?HaHahaha

    January 30, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  3. Amy613

    The 2 witnesses spoken of in revelation R here. Please call 800 613 9494 or visit http://www.Yahweh.com TODAY. We found them and you NEED to too. DONT delay!!!!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Amy613

      Yes the 2 witnesses spoken of in revelation and isaiah r here now!
      Yahweh has a work in this time period just like the prophets of old. They tell it like it is, like it was and like it's going to be. Before IT comes please call 800 613 9494 NOW

      January 30, 2011 at 1:31 am |
    • Amy613

      We found them. Theres still time!! But hurry. The two witnesses spoken of in your holy scriptures R here now and will teach you the truth. Don't delay! 800 613 9494 http://www.Yahweh.com

      January 30, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  4. everyone in the world

    Disearnment,God Help them Know!Holy Father Please!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  5. Jwolf

    I am not saying he did/did not, though I will say that I'm sure there have been clergyman who have been falsely accused.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  6. everyone in the world

    SeRIOUS!!!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:59 am |
  7. everyone in the world

    There are a lot of peoples that say Weeeellll ,and let the E's continue,Let's Don't Do That !!!!!!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  8. tonyL

    It's time for this pastor to come out of the closet. He is just wasting his time and energy trying to defend his actions which at the end will show him to be what he is. He cannot hide for the rest of his life from the facts. Even if he gets away this time but he will make the same mistake sooner or later and get caught again with his pants down. It's bound to happen.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  9. everyone in the world

    Don't ever dought Gods way of bring them Down!!!God is NO JOKE!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:48 am |
    • MikinAZ

      i doubt you will be released anytime soon ...making insane statements does not go over will at your psych exam.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
    • CW

      @ MikinAZ,

      What a comment..coming from someone. Seems like whenever a christian talks the truth a non-believer comes out and makes fun, or a joke. Tell you what...I'll believe in God and you believe in whatever big bang or whatever the-'ory of the day is and in the end we will see who is right.

      @ everyone in the world,

      Amen..Amen...Amen. God is no joke he can and will bring people to their knees.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:55 am |
  10. oldzoom

    the sad thing is...there's alot more eddie long's out there preying on young males/females and their congregations, this seems to be a never ending story in the world we live in today and continues to give religon a black eye.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • MikinAZ

      i'm for breaking the eye socket of religion while we are blackening the eye...if that helps your cause. Religion is a plague on humanity

      January 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  11. everyone in the world

    God is trully handleing theses Guys,as he does with all of us,thank for the trueth,light,Bible!Thank you peoples for bring him to Justest

    January 30, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  12. everyone in the world

    I love you guys to!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  13. everyone in the world

    O hey,I was out there beating the hell out of him,that's why he got caught!Pray it really works!

    January 30, 2011 at 12:10 am |
  14. There are no gods!

    see what happens when you believe in things that are not there. There are no gods, let this be a lesson to you religies.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
  15. everyone in the world

    Ok,since we all are acting like his Guilty,and we saw this going on why weren't we all in there beating the hell out of this Grievous man?

    January 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  16. Gaeboi

    Dealwithit said:
    "Religion is not blind good sir. How else could good people steer a perfectly good jetliner into a building, hmm?"

    That is the best comment I ever heard and I laughed very hard. Religion is blind because it can't judge correctly, nor can it do anything to aid society in progressing as ONE. Not even your Jesus can do that or your Muhammed. We are the only ones that can do it, but we choose not to because we keep looking outside ourselves for the answer when the answers have been here all along. It's US. The People of the World that need to get together and collectively bring peace, love, nurturing towards one another and this wonderful planet that an Intelligent Creator created and no that Creator was not Jesus. Religion has little to do with anything good. It's only used to answer what we don't know until we prove it wrong and trust me it's always usually wrong until Science shows the truth. Eddie Long, and the others, are just here to lead the blind with a blind instrument called the bible created by other blind men. It has led us no where and will continue to until we do away with it. Yes, we have a Creator, but it had very little to do with a book that has been used to kill thousands and mislead thousands over the centuries. Start looking within and know that we are all in this together and we have the intelligence to lead this world collectively to a very beautiful place; but will we? It's collectively our choice.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • MikinAZ

      Creator? Nonsense – we are here alone and need to take some FN responsibility for our existence and our actions – no great super powerful invisible guy is ever going to come save us from anything. if you were not so well written I would call you crazy, as it is you are unstable.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • MikinAZ

      Tho i do agree with the single sentence fragment you have (taken out of context – sorry) "The People of the World that need to get together and collectively bring peace, love, nurturing towards one another"

      January 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  17. Matt

    I am an atheist and although I do not believe in god, I recognize that the majority of religious people are not bad or harmful, and do not intend to be. And if I was a christian I would hope I would recognize that the majority of athiests are moral people who aren't trying to corrupt or spread evil. And do you know why I feel this way? Because I am not a pedantic child who feels the need to paint my opposition as domestic nazis in order to get my position across.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Christian

      God is real. Give him a chance and He will change your life. This life is too short and the the human body/mind is too complex to not have a creator. I saw an angel in the ER and it changed my whole belief system because it was PROOF that God exists!

      January 30, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • Scott

      @Christian: If god really existed, Long would already have been incinerated by lightening

      January 30, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • MikinAZ

      Matt – religious folk are harmful ,their beliefs stifle human progress and give sanctuary to rapists. They are tax exempt yet influence elections by voting on "faith". How can we allow these mentally challenged groups to dictate how others are allowed to live? where they are allowed to live? what we are allowed to do? why are they allowed to determine what is real and what is make believe?...they should not be allowed to vote with the real society out of questionable sanity...We should hold make believe elections for their make believe religions and give them make believe results so they can be happy in their make believe lives reading their make believe book. As for the one who commented about seeing an angel...JesusFNChrist – i just don't know what to say about that. Someone see something in the sky they can't explain and people call them crazy but see an angel in an ER and they are allowed to breed? something is out of balance here

      January 30, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • MikinAZ

      @Christian – just because you cannot wrap your head around science...does not automatically mean there is a super power creator in the sky (oh yeah – my bad – i forgot, invisible too) i bet you are part of a "flock" aren't you? That is a joke the pastors, reverends and priests have been playing on you for years...calling you their "flock" that is. Its because they consider you sheep...stupid animals who follow without question.

      January 30, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @Matt & MikinAZ

      I share many of your thoughts but think there is a practical middle ground between "we're all nice people, let's all get along" and "believers are all idiots, take away their right to vote" and that's for atheists to challenge, more and more, the silliness of the believers. To speak out more often, and to use their own words and practices to educate and embarrass them, much as we do here, but on a much broader and public scale. While there are a number of ways of doing that, I chose to do so by supporting the Richard Dawkins Foundation (richarddawkins.net).

      January 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
    • CW

      @ MikinAZ
      You say: "How can we allow these mentally challenged groups to dictate how others are allowed to live?"

      I say: Last I remember this is a demo-'cracy so if the majority of people don't want something...then it won't be. Second on your comment on the person who said they saw an angel....let me ask? Since you DON'T BELIEVE how can you say this person didn't. You don't have any proof in your beliefs other than your so called science book which was written by man...so that man could try to explain how we got here rather than reading the Bible...hint...the answers are all there.

      You also want to tout the "flock" and make fun....whether your realize it or not your apart of a flock yourself...the wrong one at that...but your so called "flock" doesn't believe in God. My hope is that you will change your mind before its too late.

      @ Christain,

      Don't worry about what people are saying to you...you are truly blessed to have had the experience you had. Hope your are using it as a witnessing to bring others to accept the Lord. For me I don't need any proof...God's book has been around for close to 6,000 years and this is fine enough for me.

      January 31, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • HotAirAce

      @CW

      You don't have any proof in your beliefs other than your so called word-of-god book which was written by man...so that man could try to explain how we got here rather than actually thinking for himself. Reading the bible is about as useful as reading bad fiction – there are no answers there at all.

      February 1, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  18. RedSea

    Him again? I thought he killed himself already

    January 29, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  19. Reality

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty, wingie, thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immacu-late co-nceptions).

    Current problems with the followers of these founders:

    Adu-lterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals like Osteen and Long and atonement theology,

    January 29, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  20. Brian

    I have seen this clown preach on television. He raised his right hand to show off the Rolex watch. A few minutes later he raised his left hand and there was another Rolex on his left hand. Religion in America is a mile wide and an inch deep. If Christ came to America today he would vomit at the sight of it.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Thelma

      Totally agree.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:05 am |
    • rachele

      Brian,I'm with you there!

      January 30, 2011 at 12:42 am |
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