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Megachurch Leader Steps Down After Sex Accusations

Sex, money scandals have rocked church

(Newser) - One of the most successful preachers in America announced yesterday he is stepping away from the pulpit—temporarily—following a series of sex scandals with men as young as 15 , reports the New York Times . The news comes on the heels of another announcement: That his wife of 21 years... More »

Accuser to Eddie Long: 'You Are a Monster'

Jamal Parris speaks out on accusations

(Newser) - "You are not a man, you are a monster." Those are the harsh words Jamal Parris, one of the four men who accused Bishop Eddie of sexual coercion, has for the man he called "daddy." In an interview with a Fox 5 Atlanta reporter who flew... More »

Eddie Long: Confused Hypocrite

Pastor should forgive himself—and homosexuals everywhere

(Newser) - There are a lot of ironies in Bishop Eddie Long’s sex scandal. For example, in his sermon Sunday, Long said he feels “like David against Goliath.” Really? On the one side we have one of the most powerful clerics in America, and on the other four allegedly... More »

Bishop Long: I Am Not the Man on TV

'This thing I will fight,' he tells congregation

(Newser) - Bishop Eddie Long, the subject of various lawsuits alleging that he used his position to take advantage sexually of young men in his church, broke his silence today, telling his congregation that, "I’m under attack. I want you to know as I said earlier I am not... More »

Ga. Pastor's Boys Carried 'Sex-Check' Card

Fourth man files suit; Long expected to break silence tomorrow

(Newser) - A fourth man is suing Bishop Eddie Long for sexual impropriety, reports the AP, even as new details emerge of the young men's program Long allegedly used to groom sex partners. Spencer LeGrande, now 22, filed suit yesterday, claiming Long told him "I will be your dad"—then... More »

Pastor Scandal Should Shake Homophobic Black Church

Eddie Long represents a too-large portion of the black community

(Newser) - Bishop Eddie Long’s sex scandal has predictably generated a media firestorm. After all, Long “is one of the most outspoken homophobes in the black church,” writes Joshua Alston in Newsweek . But Alston hopes the community takes the time to skip past the tawdry details of Long’s... More »

Prominent Pastor Faces Sexual Coercion Claims

Bishop Eddie Long runs Atlanta megachurch

(Newser) - Two men have sued a prominent national pastor in Atlanta, claiming that he used his position as head of the 25,000-member New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to coerce male employees and members into sex. Church leader Eddie Long is accused of taking one of the plaintiffs on overnight trips... More »

Senator Attacks Free-Spending Megachurches

Tax-exempt status at odds with ministers' perks: Grassley

(Newser) - Sen. Charles Grassley thinks big-spending pastors of so-called “megachurches” might be abusing their tax-exempt status, NPR reports. Ministers in these stadium-sized churches preach a gospel of wealth, and practice what they preach—driving Rolls Royces, flying in private jets, living in mansions. “Maybe that's not illegal,” the... More »

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