Bishop Long's actions are simply an abuse of power...these young followers seeking the word of God may have been caught in the web of one Man's selfish pleasure...it is not for us to judge or condemn because God and Bishop Long know what the truth is...and these young men know also.Now that they are in the Court of Public Opinon the truth will somehow prevail.Any abuse of power will not be tolerated by the masses! Sadly ABUSE in any form destroys lives...what is the reparation for a life destroyed? Monetary...I think not.
First off, lets hope the whole truth comes out about this. If these allegations are true however, the biggest issue to me (to go along with Bishop Long violating the rights of young men) would be the issue of hypocrisy that would be clearly evident, something that Leisa Monique was speaking upon. Let's face it, the ugly side of the Black Church is the issue of homophobia (along with patriarchy) in the church, particularly homophobia in regards to black churches led by black men. Bishop Eddie Long has been rampant homophobe to the point where Julian Bond of the NAACP didn't attend to Coretta Scott King's funeral because of the homophobia exhibited by Bishop Long. For these allegations to come out now to Bishop Long now is the height of irony.
Let's hope that a result of this, whether it's true or untrue, is that the black church, for which I'm a proud member of one, can deal with their own issues of homophobia and we as black people in general, can get over our issues with homophobia. As black folk, we wouldn't have the freedoms we have, without gays and lesbians in our community who fought for us. Imagine us without the contributions of gay brothers and lesbian sisters such as Langston Hughes, Audrey Lorde, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Bayard Rustin, and Barbara Jordan. If anything comes out of this drama, it should be the elimination of homophobia in the our black churches and in our community.