Eddie Long Scandal Forces Clergy To Choose Sides

June 8, 2011  |  

(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.

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