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Eddie Long Denounces King Crowning, Says He’s Merely a Servant of the Lord

February 7th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Eddie Long looked pretty comfortable being raised up on the shoulders of the four corners of the earth in his king crowning ceremony the Sunday before last, but now the bishop has asked the Jewish community to forgive him for the egregious display.

“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,” Long wrote in a letter sent to Bill Nigut, Southeast Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League.

“I denounce any action that depicts me as a king, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord.”

Is that right?

Rabbi Messer also put out a statement on the situation, but from his perspective the whole cult backlash is just a big misunderstanding.

“It was simply a way of bringing honor to a man who had given his life to the Lord and had given so much to his church, the Atlanta metro area and throughout the world,”  he said.

The Rabbi also put out a video “explanation” of what exactly went down to try to smooth things over but I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been any hope for Eddie long since those pictures of him in spandex sportswear hit the web.

Check out the video and tell us what you think. Is this just more stunting from Eddie Long’s PR camp?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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All Hail King Eddie Long

February 3rd, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Bump the meek inheriting the earth. Bishop Eddie Long is a king, and he’s got the $60,000 scrolls and the anointing from Rabbi Ralph Messer to prove it.

According to Eurweb, the bishop made his return to New Birth Jan. 29, after taking a leave of absence late last year following accusations of child molestation. Of course, Eddie couldn’t just make any old return to the sanctuary, he had a Rabbi wrap him in 300-year-old sacred scrolls that were discovered about 70 years ago outside a concentration camp in Germany, as he was pronounced a king in God’s government. Subesquently, four men, representing the four corners of the earth, raised him in the air and carried him across the stage on their shoulders.

This was by far the most dramatic production I’ve ever seen in church but I guess that’s what you earn when you’re “no longer a commoner.” Shout outs to the lighting director.

Check out the “king’s” anointing below (they don’t raise him in the air until around the 7-minute mark). Is it safe to say as far as Newbirth is concerned, all is forgiven?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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