The Week: Most Recent Religion:The Eddie Long Sex Scandal recent posts.en-usTue, 31 May 2011 15:22:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Religion:The Eddie Long Sex Scandal from THE WEEKTue, 31 May 2011 15:22:00 -0400Eddie Long settles out of court: All is forgiven?<img src="" /></P><p>Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long has reached a settlement with four young male members of his congregation who accused him of coercing them into sex. The anti-gay-rights pastor had vowed to clear his name when the scandal broke six months ago, but he returned to the pulpit at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church without saying a word about the out-of-court agreement. Is it time to move on, or does Long owe his followers an explanation?<br /><br /><strong>There is no moving on until Long comes clean:</strong>&nbsp;Long claimed to be David fighting a legal Goliath, says Devin Robinson at <em>The Atlanta Post</em>. "But, as I remember...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 31 May 2011 15:22:00 -0400Eddie Long fallout: Black churches should accept gays<img src="" /></P><p>The well-known black pastor Eddie Long, currently facing allegations of gay sexual abuse, is a "vehement crusader against same-sex marriage &mdash; and against homosexuality in general," says Eugene Robinson in <em>The Washington Post</em>. Whether the charges that Long conducted inappropriate relationships with four young men are true or not, perhaps this scandal will "force the African American church to finally confront its long history of homophobic hypocrisy." As the world "become[s] much more understanding and tolerant of homosexuality," writes Robinson, the black church needs to drop its "deep social...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 28 Sep 2010 14:01:00 -0400Who is Bishop Eddie Long?<img src="" /></P><p>A high-profile black church leader vowed Sunday to fight accusations that he bribed and coerced four young men into having sex with him. "I feel like David against Goliath," Bishop Eddie Long told<span> the assembled congregation at his Atlanta-area <span>megachurch</span></span>. "But I've got five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet." His accusers also feel like Davids, going up against a towering figure like Long, their lawyer says. Who is Long, what's he accused of, and why do people call him homophobic? (Watch a CNN report about the allegations)</p><p><strong>What's Long's story?<br /></strong>Long, 57, was born in Charlotte, N.C., the son of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 27 Sep 2010 14:55:00 -0400The latest Tweets on 'Eddie Long'</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 24 Sep 2010 15:46:00 -0400Bishop Eddie Long: Will the gay-sex allegations rock black Christians?<img src="" /></P><p>The black megachurch movement has been galvanized by the news that three men have filed lawsuits accusing a powerful Georgia pastor, Bishop Eddie Long, of coercing them into having sex in exchange for cash and cars. Long, who "vehemently denies" the claims, recently led a march against gay marriage, and the Southern Poverty Law Center has called him "one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement," noting that he has referred to homosexuality and lesbianism as "spiritual abortions." Will the scandal cause black churches that oppose gay rights to rethink...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 23 Sep 2010 16:30:00 -0400