By: C.D. Kirven, Contributing Writer – September 23, 2010
A third alleged victim came forward today and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes has cancelled a campaign appearance with Bishop Eddie Long amid accusations that inappropriate sexual relationships with three young male parishioners. Black community has rushed to Bishop Long’s defense stating quoting the biblical verse: “The touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (Psalm 105:15) – but interestingly, this often overuse quote has been in the past used to cover up harm. In 2007, Bishop Long was among six televangelists that are under investigation for alleged financial wrongdoing by the Senate Finance Committee who received reports about the Bishop’s lavish lifestyle.
“The woman that is perverted to turn towards women….and everybody knows it’s dangerous to enter an exist. God says you deserve death!” Bishop Eddie Long wrote in his book I Don’t Want Delilah.
“Homosexuality and lesbianism are spiritual abortions”….this has long been Bishop Long’s public message and outreach mission. The bishop lead an anti-gay march in Atlanta, ministered regional “homosexual cure” programs to recruit gays and lesbians for what he called “Sexual Reorientation” conferences and also offered ongoing “Out of the Wilderness” ministry to help convert homosexuals into heterosexuals. This is no passing storm… it’s a tragic crisis, similar to those perpetrated by the Catholic Church… violating the trust of children with secret “covenant ceremonies” that led to the spiritual rape of youth congregants….leaving them emotionally scarred from years of sexual molestation. The pastor’s trans-formative programs only served as “happy hunting grounds” for this disingenuous orthodox leader…whose irresponsible acts have irreparably damaged the foundation of the Black community’s social consciousness.
This criminal abuse of authority subsequently created the “down low” phenomenon and encouraged Black parishes across the country to ostracize the Black queer community. Pastors like Bishop Long commit these irreverent deceptions and are responsible for the emotional isolation of thousands of gays and lesbians. These victims of his pulpit “hate preach” were starving for acceptance and in desperate need spiritual guidance. The only “shakedown” occurring was the devote treachery committed by this supposedly…Christian leader…whose pedophile behavior will serve as his immoral legacy.
The age of consent in Atlanta is age 16 years-old so this couldn’t be criminally prosecuted below are the allegations:
I know as a gay Christian this man will have to answer for his crimes against these children and will one day have to answer for his over 20 year crusade against the Black LGBT community but my question for Bishop Long is…will you continue to allow your self-hate to punish these boys…by allowing members of your congregation to degrade them in public interviews? Will you continue your homophobic campaign – teaching hate instead of love? You’ve robbed these young men of their innocence causing shame and guilt. This truth will live inside you and soon will be publicly undeniable. If you love God, like you say you do then you must accept the reality…that what you’ve done in the dark will soon be in the light!
I hope this leads to more constructive conversations within the Black community about homosexuality and the pain caused by homophobia. I hope groups like the NAACP reach out to Black churches and help facilitate meaningful dialogue about the extremely dangerous practice of preaching homophobia from the pulpit. I hope Black community leaders speak out and educate others that we are all God’s children…because keeping sexuality discussions “taboo” only succeeds in creating a subculture of the Black community. I also want Bishop Long to know that I will pray for him and that I march for you…your inconvenient truth and inevitable consequences has caused enough pain. But, this horrible situation can bring about meaningful change…and begin a healing process between the Black community and LGBT members. I hope you soon will believe this truth…By and By!
(Chastity Kirven) – was born in Waco and raised in Dallas, TX. At age of sixteen she wrote an article about corporal punishment that went over the AP wire which generated enough interest that ultimately restricted its use in Texas public schools. She is a Lambda Literary nominated Author of the her debut book – “What Goes Around Comes Back Around”. Kirven was the Outreach Coordinator for Legacy of Success Foundation and won member of the year in 2008. As Outreach Coordinator, she assisted with saving a local food pantry program that serviced 3,000 homeless HIV patients. Kirven was a founding board member of DFW Pride Movement and was one of the ENDA 4 with the organization Get Equal. Kirven wanted to focus on racism in the LGBT community and created Get Equal Now (www.getequalnow.org) with activist Michael Robinson. Get Equal Now tackles injustice inside and outside the gay rights movement.