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(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.
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(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.