Shocking news out of Atlanta today, as a lawsuit was filed by two young male member's of Bishop Eddie Long's 25,000 member mega church New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, alleging he manipulated them into performing sexual acts.
The lawsuit alleges that the "Defendant [Bishop Eddie] 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 suit also alleges that Bishop chose specific young male church members to be his "Spiritual Sons" and among that group were the plaintiffs in this suit. The attorney for the plaintiffs in the suit claims to have emails, text messages, and photographs exchanged between Bishop Long and his accusers. The attorney representing the plaintiffs in this case against Long, was also the lawyer in the now famous Genarlow Wilson case and she has a solid reputation. If she agreed to take this case, then chances are there is some sort of proof but we'll let the facts come out and everyone can make their own judgments at that time.
Bishop Long is a vocal opponent of marriage equality and frequently condemns homosexuality. It definitely wouldn't be the first time a virulent opponent of gay rights was found later to be a homosexual (See: Ken Mehlman). This is going to get very interesting. Check out the two clips below for more details on this story after the jump.
Local News Report
The attorney representing the plaintiffs speaks to CNN.
CNN Report as the story broke