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

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  1. prove it

    Well said "seeing a bigger picture"

    April 14, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  2. seeing a bigger picture

    Look, why would he settle?! It make perfect sense to do so. That isn't an admittance of guilt, it's a smart decision. The world view is so twisted. The world love controversy, drama and all that other crap. So why feed the public with a bunch of "stuff" for it to twist for entertainment purposes. Yeah, that's what people want...the scoop. Everyone wants to hear the details to pass judgement whether it be Long or the boys. Without the details there's nothing. God, the boys and Long know the truth and that's all that matters. See from a spiritual stance, the power is taken out of the accusers hands and placed in the Ultimate Judges hands. There is no story with a settlement. That what the guys want...money and fame?! You got it! Long could care less what the "worlds" take is on this. He's doing what he should do. No, he doesn't OWE the media, congregation, or public an explanation or apology. Why? The truth is only clear to the parties involved. The problem with this situation is that everything is already swayed simply because everyone loves the underdog... the innocent lil boys :-(. Whoever! Wouldn't it be more exciting to see a Leader like Long fall than 4 boys trying to make it fall. No I don't know the truth nor do I care. I do know that Longs camp is making a wise decision by putting the sand on the campfire though. Think about that one. Would you step into a ring with Mike Tyson in his prime when you already know the odds are stacked against you? That's just foolish...faith or no faith. Settle it, move forward. I wonder if they ever sat together in private and chopped conversation about it in private...huh?! Nah, they need a public platform for support. Also, it funny how people are so envious of those with money. You never really hear about successful people "hating" on other successful peoples success. Only broke people made at wealthy people because they can't see it in themselves. Might be talking to you...I'm just saying. The public is mad because they can't get the gossip. Like babies that can't get their favorite toy. Notice how the media kind of moved on after a settlement mediation was brought up. They say, "guess we have to find the next garbage to feed the people!" Those with young children... Pay attention. Society today is a hungry beast!

    February 27, 2011 at 5:08 am |
  3. Tony

    Reading some of the comments, it might be a good idea for all of us the really read our Bibles. As for the JPII and Thomas Aquinas statements. They should have read their Bibles more as well. The Bible clearly states that there will be a Resurrection and yes the Heavenly Father Jehovah is a spirit but if the Bible is read those resurrected will live on a paradise earth as was intended by the Heavenly Father.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Mark from Middle River

    In the past decade we have learned that of the Catholic priest who have not only admited to and/or convicted of, or even accused of child molestation, we are talking of one half of one percent of the total priesthood. The way commedians, atheist, and even some protestants make it sound as we are upwards of 70% to 80% of all the priest on the planet.

    Now into this comes Eddie Long. I will say and admit this, my own mother who is very active in the church believes he did it. I will chalk that one up to that she was raised in a old southern style church. One without air condition where the pastor and his family were basically nobly living at or below the poverty line. I think that is noble to live such a life but if one pastor comes to his church driving a 1992 Toyota Camry and another comes to church driving a C class Mercedes then does not automatically mean that the spirit of God is not in the one driving the German car.

    If one is wearing a no name watch from Wal-Mart and the other a Rolex, does that automatically shift the presence of God away from the one with the Rolex?

    Note .... the pastor at my church .... Subaru Forester...... 🙂

    February 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  5. Mark from Middle River

    "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"

    Yeah, all Atheist are these pure non-violent folks. That's the great about evil and ignorance, they exist in all corners of society and both inside and outside of the faiths.

    January 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  6. doctore0

    Yet another pervert pastor for the lard, pockets full of $$ from the sheep + CENSORED; Black Ted Haggard

    January 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  7. everyone in the world

    Guilty!!It says in the bible that saints would judge the world and angels some Day,And hear it is.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  8. Sharekia

    It is my understanding that the young men were @ the age of consent & that is y there are no criminal charges against Long, only civil. I am saddened by the fact that there are so many ppl willing to stand behind and support a man that will just pay up instead of fight the charges against him. Why fight for someone who won't even fight for himself??? I may be wrong but his actions are saying "GUILTY!" (Sharekia)

    January 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  9. everyone in the world

    They couldn't even see the fruits of his Sprite?Why God hasn't one person,ask this ???Why wasn't he in the Shadow of your Son if he was a real Child of of ,well Thank God he wasn't with that wisdom or he woudnt have gotten caught!! Hello

    January 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  10. everyone in the world

    Him,and the Queen were really having a ,Hell of a time.Money ,the Love of it,is the Root of all his Evil!!!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  11. everyone in the world

    That your right. with,and tell me why was he Church not really paying hed to what was going on in this mans Heart!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  12. tallulah13

    I'm a little confused. I read a lot of comments about children being victims here, but I find no information indicating that the young men that Mr. Long were underage. Could someone porovide a link?

    I don't think this is a good guy, and I find most religious leaders to be the height of hypocrisy, but I do think it's important to understand the alleged crime before you start throwing out condemnations.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
    • Dee

      It allegedly took place when the now young men were minors.

      February 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
    • Religions are a scam

      Eddie Long: 25K sheep x $10 /week x 52 weeks/yr = a cool $13M with ~ no taxes
      The pope: 1.5B sheep... you do the math + 100% immunity for cover-ups

      Eddie, you have a long way to go!

      February 26, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
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