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To Long’s credit, he never said he was innocent, just that he had five rocks. His reference to the number five was a stalling tactic intended to evoke a mystical fervor of anticipation among feeble-minded churchgoers who believe that numbers have some spooky hidden meaning. New Birth members actually believed that Long would provide a thorough explanation of the particular meaning of the number five as it related to him having sex with teens at some point in the future. “The ‘bishop’ got something up his sleeve, you just wait” they whispered. All magic men engage in games of confusion and distortion. The self-proclaimed bishop is no different.
So we waited and waited, only to find that the “bishop” didn’t have anything up his sleeve, but that he did have something in his pocket; millions in cash. And reportedly, Long’s loyal flock is totally fine with him coughing up 25 million in tithes to settle sex allegation charges as long as it means they get their fake bishop back.
Money changes outcomes. In this case, the outcome shapeshifted from Eddie Lee Long going to trial, and possibly jail, to going free. But think of the potential outcomes New Birth Missionary Baptist Church could’ve manifested had it invested the 25 million it paid in hush money to young entrepreneurs instead.
As it stands, most young black graduates are entering a workforce with few available jobs. This is a perfect opportunity to provide recent graduates with the intellectual space required to intensify their skills by coupling them with other young innovators and encouraging them to make pitches for funding. Other twenty something entrepreneurs are already in the innovation game. A little seed money is all they need.
A few facts:
• Angel investor Ron Conway recently noted that 17 and 18 year olds are the best entrepreneurs to invest in.
• Seed investment company Y Combinator invests an average of $18,000 in several tech start-ups each year.
• TechStars makes an average investment of $5,000 per founder, up to $15,000 (3 founders).
Imagine how many African-American led start-ups could’ve been financed with 25 million dollars?
There is no shortage of bright 17 and 18 year olds in the halls of Spelman and Morehouse, and since Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is in Atlanta, and many of his parishioners are shuttled to New Birth from their campus, it’s obvious that those young up-starts aren’t hard to find. They just aren’t valued. The African American community would much rather divest from their community so that their pastor can drive a Maybach than invest in their own young and talented innovators.
This scandal isn’t as much about Eddie Lee Long’s predatory sexual behavior as it is about the black hole into which black America funnels its collective wealth every Sunday. Whether we’re discussing Eddie L. Long or Creflo Dollar, the story is the same: a group of Negroes coming together to exchange millions of dollars for a fleeting prosperity pep talk. Listening to a man tell them what they already know, that they can be great; that they too, can succeed.
Preaching prosperity only leads to real prosperity for the man in the pulpit, not the community as a whole. Until the African American community can grasp the true value of a dollar and invest that dollar with some expectation of a real return, the only tools we’ll have at our disposal with which to meet the 21st are “Bishop” Long’s five rocks.
But the caveman era is over. Evolution is happening. The universe will move on with or without us. The choice we face is whether we go with the flow of evolution – innovation – or hang back with the relics of blind hyperbolic religiosity. As always, the choice is yours.
In SMDH news, Creflo Dollar (that name, that name) gave a rousing hour-long sermon this past Sunday, in which he stated his support for Bishop Eddie Long in light of the fact that he settled his sexual abuse case for an unreported sum rumored to be in the millions. Dollar also informed any members of New Birth Baptist Church that he doesn’t want them there and that they should return to Long’s side immediately. He claims that Long simply had a “wreck”, but that he will be forgiven and will still go to Heaven”.
(AJC) — Fresh off the settlement of a sexual misconduct scandal, Bishop Eddie Long appears to have gained an endorsement of sorts from a fellow well-known megachurch pastor. Pastor Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in College Park gave a lengthy sermon Sunday about redemption and forgiveness. Then he spent several minutes talking about a fellow, unnamed pastor who had a “wreck.” In a video of the sermon posted on YouTube — viewed more than 34,000 times — and also on the church’s website, Dollar appears to tell members of Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to return to the Lithonia church.
(The Grio) —Bishop Eddie Long should step down.
In recent weeks and months, I have had much to say about withholding judgment in the wake of alleged sexual improprieties with young men in his church. Even as Long stood before his congregation and defiantly vowed to fight the civil charges, I remained cautious. I urged restraint in the face of the salacious details that emerged. I, too, needed a healthy dose of patience.
My mother and family live in South DeKalb County, Georgia where New Birth Baptist Church is located. I still own a house there. So this crisis, literally hit home. Now, as the case has been settled for a rumored $15 million, there is no way to discern the truth.
(AJC) — The Rev. Bernice King will announce on a radio show Tuesday that she is stepping down as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an action apparently unrelated to Bishop Eddie Long’s recent settlement of four sexual misconduct lawsuits. King intends to disclose her plans to radio host Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on mypraiseatl.com between 4 and 5:30 p.m., according to an Effective Media Group news release. King is leaving with the blessing of Long, pastor of the Lithonia Megachurch, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.
Good afternoon, luv! We were just minding our own business skipping around the web and we found a couple things we thought you might find interesting.
One of the mistakes we tend to make in our community is failing to realize that churches are businesses. True, they are organizations that foster spiritual growth and development in our communities, but when the pastor leaves the pulpit and the choir removes their gowns, money is counted in the backrooms and decisions are made about what to do with that money.
Like any other business, churches have utility bills and capital expenditures to pay. However, the uniqueness of a church is it is also a non-profit, which means there are regulations to abide by in order to maintain its tax-exempt status. I recently asked my Facebook friends the following question: “Which is more important—the comfort of the pastor or the growth of the church?” Ironically, many felt the comfort of the pastor was more important. But here’s the trick: a responsible non-profit allocates at least 70 percent of its revenue toward the programs it was formed to develop. The other 30 percent would go toward administrative costs. The pastor’s well-being should be in that 30 percent. Unfortunately, we catch a case of spiritual vertigo and slide the pastor’s well-being into the 70 percent.
Churches are obligated to use that 70 percent to train drug users, convicted felons, orphans, domestic violence victims, and the homeless on interviewing skills, G.E.D. preparation and financial literacy. In some cases, they even provide jobs and housing. Thus, we must admit, churches do serve as a lifeline to the black economy.
According to a study by Livesteez, black churches have generated over $420 billion since 1980. Based on these numbers, we would assume that $336 billion went to supporting the black community. Conversely, if we scale back those numbers, we would see that black churches also claim to support relief efforts internationally. This can be a red flag because most congregants are unable to personally travel to a small village in Angola to validate the church’s claims.
I used this example to illustrate the concept that sometimes when churches claim to be black, it doesn’t mean that they are entirely supporting the black community. Instead, some of them are just half-baked imperialistic organizations with black preachers and black people in the pews with much of their funds being exploited to scratch the backs of its leaders as the community is left with open hands.
In the case of Bishop Eddie Long, he allegedly used his influence to satisfy some twisted urges. Immediately after the allegations were made public, Long boastfully declared himself to be ‘David’ with a satchel full of stones. But, as I remember the story in the Bible, David never settled! Long did. Long may now be slightly at rest, but the congregation and on-the-fence believers are not. Here is a situation where Long demonstrated his leadership style to be more about his comfort as opposed to being in the best interest of the church body.
What we can now expect to see is skeptic corporate giving, members’ doubt in tithing, and people who were once interested in the church becoming discouraged. Churches are often an optimal solution for supporting the black community and its economy, but with self-centered decisions made by apathetic pastors, we can only continue to expect our offerings to go towards the stones in the pastor’s satchel.
Devin Robinson is a business and economics professor and author of Rebuilding in the Black Infrastructure: Making America a Colorless Nation and Blacks: From the Plantation to the Prison. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Atlanta Journal Constitution) — Some current and former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church expressed relief Thursday that sexual misconduct lawsuits against the church and its prominent leader, Bishop Eddie Long, have been resolved. Attorneys involved in the four lawsuits against Long, the LongFellows Youth Academy and the 25,000-member Lithonia megachurch said the case had been settled but declined to comment further. The case is expected to be dismissed “with prejudice” — meaning the defendant cannot be sued by the plaintiffs again in the same alleged offense — by close of business Friday, said Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy. B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and the academy, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled. The academy was named in three of the suits. Long, pastor of the Lithonia megachurch, which has an international following, had denied the men’s allegations through a spokesman shortly after they first became public in September and told his congregation he planned to “vigorously” fight them.
The boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is finally telling his story in an autobiography set to be released this summer. And in it, he relays some shocking information: that he was molested by a former boxing coach when he was a teenager.
In this passage that appeared in the New York Times, Leonard describes the second encounter with the Olympic coach, when he and the coach were sitting in a parked car discussing the meaning of winning a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.
“He was flattered, filled with hope, as any young athlete would be. But he writes: “Before I knew it, he had unzipped my pants and put his hand, then mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life. I didn’t scream. I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door and ran.”
In the past year alone, high profile cases and celebrities have illuminated just how common sexual abuse is in the lives of many. The Eddie Long scandal once again put the spotlight on the hypocrisy of church leaders. After four former Congregation members accused the Bishop of sexually molesting them, Long continues to defend his innocence and continues to lead his congregation.
Earlier this year, Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke also told of sexual abuse by a family friend. And just days ago, CNN news anchor Don Lemon not only came out of the closet as a gay man but also publicized his experience with sexual abuse as a child.
Which leads us to wander, just how common is the sexual abuse of children and what exactly drives so many adults to sexually abuse children?
You thought we forget about you Eddie, didn’t ya? Well, we actually did til news emerged today that the case will no longer be settled out of court. A trial is expected to commence in the fall.
The Bishop was accused last year of sexual misconduct by four former New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members. Long has continuously denied the accusations although it’s safe to say that the majority of the public is suspicious of his innocence. As you may recall, one of the accusers leaked photos of Long wearing a tight body suit that Long sent to him.
Long has continued to work at his Church and up until today, it was believed that the worst was behind him. According to Mediator Elmer Gobel, who spoke to Atlanta’s WSB TV 2 news station, it doesn’t come as a total shock that mediations fell through in this case.
“It’s not the kind of thing that you sit down at a table and 10 minutes later everybody’s agreeing,” he said. Maybe Long didn’t have enough money to satisfy the demands of his accusers, or maybe there were other non-financial matters that both parties couldn’t agree upon. Whatever the case, Long is in for another whirlwind of media attention if this case does see its day at court.