Skip to comments.Third lawsuit filed against Atlanta pastor; news conference planned
Posted on 09/22/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
Another civil suit has been filed against Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Eddie Long, alleging coercion, negligence and fraud that involved a sexual relationship with a third young male.
Wednesday's lawsuit, filed in DeKalb County, Georgia, State Court, was brought on behalf of Jamal Parris, now 23, who was a teenager at the time he joined Long's church.
The suit, which claims Long encouraged Parris to call him "Daddy," also names the church and a youth academy as defendants.
Allegations that Long coerced young male church members and employees into sex are "a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues," Art Franklin, the pastor's spokesman, said Wednesday.
Video: Megachurch pastor under fire Long "categorically and adamantly denies these allegations," Franklin said. "There's been a lot of chatter since yesterday, but these complaints that have been filed are definitely without merit."
Long will hold a news conference Thursday morning, he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
"Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship," the suits allege.
...The suits allege that Long chose the plaintiffs to be his "Spiritual Sons," a program that allegedly includes other young men from the church.
"Spiritual Sons are taken on public and private jets to U.S. and international destinations, housed in luxury hotels and given access to numerous celebrities including entertainment stars and politicians," the suit alleges.
...Long frequently denounces homosexual behavior. A 2007 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center's magazine called him "one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement."
Mmm, mmm, mmmm.
The party line is that the only serious opponents of “gay rights” are themselves self-hating closeted gays. Whether he is guilty of not, this preacher’s saga will be cited endlessly to prove that point.
I read this article and it looks much more like a cult than a Christian church. Cults are usually built around a personality and involve buying lots of books, tapes, literature, going to seminars. The followers hardly have time or money to do anything else. Very easy to lose touch with reality...
If you were young, gay male going to Obama’s church, you might be an “unsolved” murder statistic right now.
So, I wonder when the pope is going to put a stop to this kind of nonsense.
Wow - that’s CRAZY. We know next to NOTHING about our current prez. And what we do know is awful and horrible.
>>So, I wonder when the pope is going to put a stop to this kind of nonsense.<<
Oh that was good!!!!
I’m not getting the connection.
Candidate Obama traveled in Eddie Long’s jet during the campaign (until it was involved in the taxi accident).
Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar and others were under congressional investigationa at the time that Obama was doing business with Eddie Long’s one plane charter service.
I must be thick and missed it.
Let me go back, thanks!
Wow! I didn’t get the connection either; thanks for explaining.
Yeah, I wonder too....
Sad, isn’t it? I think of one of my mother’s cousins who gave her life savings to Oral Roberts.