Bishop Eddie Long pictures are now part of his breaking scandal. The pictures in question have Bishop Eddie Long taking pictures of himself to entice three young men — at least according to their lawyers. Yesterday, the famed Atlanta religious leader found himself embroiled with charges that he engaged in sexual acts with three youngsters. Because of his standing, and because of his stance against homosexuality, the accusations have become big news. Yesterday, Bishop Eddie Long pictures were disclosed as another part of the case against him.
ABC News released photos that were provided by the lawyer of Long’s accusers. B.J Bernstein claims that “photos, texts and e-mails” will prove their case, and show evidence of the unhealthy relationship on the Bishop’s end.
Some of those Bishop Eddie Long pictures were revealed last night, showing the accused posing in a red muscle shirt. It was allegedly sent in November 2008, with the signature “Eddie L. Long, Amazed by His Grace.”
Although this batch of Bishop Eddie Long pictures may be questionable, it may not show concrete proof that he abused the children. He wasn’t nude or exposed in the photo, although the attire and signature will certainly raise eyebrows if on the level. Bernstein claims that no pastor “in his right mind” — especially a “committed homophobe” — would send this photo to a youngster.
The scandal has gained traction as the latest incident where an anti-gay preacher is accused of inappropriate, same-sex relations with a younger boy. In this case, the scandal has him being accused of sexual acts with three boys, and that those close to him kept quiet for years. Judging by the lawsuits against him, the Bishop Eddie Long pictures out thus far are just the tip of the iceberg.
Originally, the Bishop was scheduled to go on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to defend himself, but he did not come on. Instead, he will wait until his usual Sunday services at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to respond to the charges.
By then, it is unclear how many more Bishop Eddie Long pictures, and how many more pieces of evidence, will be leaked from these lawsuits. The case against him has already written itself, and fallen under the usual formula. Since it has an anti-gay religious conservative accused of sexual abuse, people are used to seeing this script play out.
Thus far, the Bishop Eddie Long pictures are the least damaging details of this story, by comparison. Yet there is still plenty of time for more damaging photos, texts and e-mails to come out, since Bernstein promises that they do exist. Therefore, the Bishop and his followers must hope that things don’t get too much worse to handle before Sunday.
The Daily Voice- “New photos show Bishop Eddie Long in revealing light”
ABC News- “Bishop Eddie Long Denies Sexual Abuse as Plantiffs’ Lawyer Promises More Evidence”
CBN News- “Bishop Eddie Long to Address Sex Abuse Claims”