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Bishop Eddie Long Case: Will It Alter Black Church’s View Of Gays?


Patrik Jonsson

In 2004, Eddie Long, one of the richest and most powerful pastors in the black megachurch movement, led a march in Atlanta against homosexuality. This week, Mr. Long faces civil charges, which he has denied, that he took sexual advantage of two teenage boys from his flock.

How black evangelicals will respond to the allegations against Long is difficult to tell. Some in the African-American community worry that the allegations will deepen mistrust of homosexuals, especially because of the age of the alleged victims (although no criminal charges have been filed).

“The point is not whether [Long] is gay or not or he denies or admits it, but this is really about how people [in the black community] feel that black people should be represented in public, and that is about being heterosexual,” says Melinda Chateauvert, an African-American studies professor at the University of Maryland, in College Park. “There are [millions] of black people who are gay, members of families, pastors of churches, who serve in the military – they’re everywhere. But the deliberate closeting – not necessarily by them, but by other people – is really problematic.”

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September 23, 2010 - Posted by | Current Events | , , , ,

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