Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group after Torah ceremony
February 5th, 2012
11:12 PM ET

Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group after Torah ceremony

Atlanta (CNN) - Bishop Eddie Long has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League over an incident in which he was wrapped in a Torah scroll and crowned "king."

As shown in a video that went viral, the televangelist was wrapped in a "Holocaust Torah" and crowned king during a recent ceremony at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, his suburban Atlanta congregation.

"The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to participate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish community, or any group. Furthermore, I sincerely denounce any action that depicts me as a King, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord," Long wrote in a letter dated Saturday.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Judaism • Pastors

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. mm

    Yes Christ was born a Jew. But he spent his life trying to get people out of the Jewish faith because he deemed it wicked only to then be killed by the Jews in compliance with the Romans. Once again, see how easy the truth is to understand when it is presented to you?

    February 7, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  2. mm

    Do not apologize to Jews at all. On the contrary Bishop, Jews should apologize to the thousands of Christian soldiers who are constantly sent over to the ME by our politicians to protect Israel. Motherf-ckers.

    February 7, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • mm

      Jews have been mocking blacks for centuries. Did you know they were the primary profiteers behind American slavery? Bet you they don't teach you that in school. The captain and owner of the Amistad was a spanish Jew who fought President John Q. Adams in the freeing of his slaves. Yes that's right folks, the white christian man taking the jew to court in order to free the slaves of the Jews. See how your eyes are open when the truth is introduced? Now, let's get ready for all the hate-filled replies by liberal and concervative Jews and their allies. Let me guess, they will make remarks about if I wear white sheets, or shave my head, or killed and Jews lately blah blah blah blah.

      February 7, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  3. grinder

    i wonder how much that pr|ck spent on his tailored suit

    February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  4. Stan

    Why are the jews mad since their Talmud lets them have sèx with kids


    — Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Kethuboth 11b
    Soncino 1961 Edition, page 57-58

    February 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Alpa Chino

      Slim Shady, is that you?

      February 7, 2012 at 3:00 am |
  5. zapatta

    ooooohhhh f-u-c-k

    February 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  6. urafkntool

    So, basically CNN enjoys violating freedom of speech. Nobody is allowed to say a non-pc word, we all have to kiss black a-s-s. I'm not an a-s-s kisser tho, so they legally can't touch any of my posts. I'm going to start making screen shots so that when the time ot sue comes, I have everything I need to f-u-c-k the jew ownership of CNN over.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
    • rick

      freedom of speech does not apply to private organizations

      February 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • EG

      Maybe it's time to do away with "free speech" when it comes to preaching and promoting hatred. Or maybe there should be fines for hate speech. Think how much money would be collected from all these posts alone. The most unenlightened, uneducated group of half-wits assembled here, with their bigotry, insane remarks and lack of education.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • penny

      EG....Uh no I dont think so. Hate speech is just a guise for the nig gers attempt to rid the world of what they dont like. PHU CK EM!!

      February 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • c

      Missed our meds; I see.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • rick

      Penny....how insightful. Congrats

      February 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • urafkntool

      hate speech is another way of saying "opinion, but only if you're white." Basically, if we have an opinion about anything, it's always hate, even when, in reality, it's often just truth. Therefore, hate speech does not exist.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • CNN Moderator

      You're all stupid.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • zapatta

      Um...thanks Rick...YEA!

      February 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • The moon is made of green cheese.

      What an idiot. You can say any fucking thing you want. If THAT doesn't say it ALL. The minute someone can't figure something out, they assume "someone did it". Oooooooh, maybe god did it. OMG. It's the PROOF of creationism. God created CNN ! Oooooh. Where I go to repent ?

      February 6, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  7. urafkntool

    moderate this, b-i-t-c-h-e-s

    February 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • CNN Moderator


      February 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • urafkntool

      Still here. You've epically failed.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • The moon is made of green cheese.

      Who's a fucking tool ?

      February 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • urafkntool

      I dunno. I just like utilizing the name.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  8. hippypoet

    do we as a society make all our insane say sorry to those they have wronged even thou they don't truly understand what they did as wrong?

    here, some definitions to help you understand what we are dealing with.

    Schizophrenia – a long term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, innappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into a fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation. Those who suffer from schizophrenia are not aware of the fact they are suffering from faulty perception, innappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into a fantasy and delusion.
    Delusion – An idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accecpted as reality.
    Reality – the world or the state of things as they actually exist. THIS IS THE ONE THAT MOST HAVE TROUBLE WITH.

    February 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Luhcreshuh

    Bishop Eddie is very smart and handsome. I want to drink one of his hot dooDee Milkshakes.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  10. New Birf Membuh

    Yaw stop hatin on bishoop lone. he a goot man wif great idea a direck linc to duh lawd an he a king now. uh king on earf fo us awl 2 b werships. Git on yaw knees an prai dat King eddie take pitty on yo asses...PRAZ duh lawD.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  11. Jessie "wall-eyed basturd" Jackson

    it not bishup eddie faw. It dim da mn jews from himeetownz.

    February 6, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  12. hippypoet

    king eddie says he's sorry, doesn't that make it all better? or maybe he should have as a preacher known what he was doing was wrong.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • hippypoet

      Roses are red
      Voilets are blue
      I think if eddie big wang
      and it make my D!CK spew.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  13. Eddie Long Here

    As a way 2 make up fo dis spectacerl, cauz by duh JEW, I gun hab a spin duh nite party at my hows fo awl boy ages 4 to 11. We hab a weenee roast partee, hide duh canoli game, bobbin foe crapples game an duh first 5 boys dat arrive can sleep wif KING EDDIE in his bed an drink duh jesus juice frub uncle Eddie black septre...AMEN Nig gahs.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • c

      Your hate shows better than Long's ignorance.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
    • Eddie Long Here

      "Hate" is so 80's. Aint yaw got nuffin new? In the mean time...MO MONEY MO MONEY MO MONEY...YOW...I gun takex all din nig gahs money....Gimme dat money ya ole fool!! YOW!!

      February 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • olive

      Hate speech is subjective and often times fiction and/or based on interpretation. Fact is objective. I suggest you "C" learn the difference.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  14. Eddie Long Here

    I gun b put sub uv duh holy doo doo n AWL yawls mouf!!

    February 6, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  15. Eddie Longs hairy black ass

    Praise b!! Come on....go ahead. Yu know ya want too...go on, KISS ME...Kiss this hairy black ass an leav ya $5.00 fo duh privlij.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  16. Eddie Long Here

    YO!! I b sorry yawl. Day, I saiy it. Now GIMME yo GOD DA MN money!!

    February 6, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  17. Eddie Long Here

    Aw Dayum yallz...I b sorry fo dat cerimoney. It wern my idea. iT was uh honer bestow on me by duh jew. Dim jew try to screw yo humble bishiup. Prasie duh lawd.

    February 6, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 6, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 6, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • just sayin

      don't study studies
      studies are irrelevant
      study God

      February 6, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • hippypoet

      @just sayin – why study that which is not real... i could as easily argued for unicorns instead of against god but i like unicorns and don't wish to insult them. If you need more understanding of how god isn't real, referrence my post on the next article, the speed read belief blog crap.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • hippypoet

      Plus unicorns are pretty and gay. I love them and want one of them to hammer my manHole.

      February 6, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • just sayin

      That sounds like real worthwhile information. Source = an anonymous blog with a poster calling itself hippy poet. Take all that to the bank...not.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • LMAO

      Source = an anonymous blog with a poster calling itself justsayin . Take all that to the bank...not.

      February 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  19. rick

    sure is a funny little fella, isn't he? the boy diddling, the picture sending mac daddy for jeebus? now he puts on a show tht would make james brown blush. it all come down to the gullibility of his congregation. from slavery to royalty. only in america

    February 6, 2012 at 5:56 am |
  20. sam


    February 6, 2012 at 3:51 am |
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