Bishop Long’s alleged sexual abuse case is not only gaining velocity, he is starting to lose supporters. In a recent article by Gossip Jackal, Long’s supporters are starting to question all the allegations that have been pinned on this holy man of the church.
Long has been accused of sexual abuse in four lawsuits that were filed by young men who were parishioners in Long’s church, The New Birth Missionary Church in Georgia, according to AJC.
Long had been accused of “grooming” young men for a homosexual relationship when they were in their early teens, according to Reuben Armstrong. Armstrong wrote a book regarding these allegations in 2006 called “Snakes in the Pulpit.” Besides being a best selling author on the list for Essence Magazine, Armstrong is a well-known controversial talk show host in the South.
Armstrong said that once these young boys turned 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia, Long started inappropriate sexual relationships with these boys.
Long took these young boys on trips and he allegedly had sexual relations with them while on these trips, as reported in the AJC publication. Long took one of the boys to Ohio and Connecticut, and the court documents from AJC allege that he had sexual relations with the boys during these trips. Both of these states also have a legal consent age of 16.
The boys, who all report that Long sexually abused them, said he did this “under the name of God” and by quoting scriptures, according to AJC.
Long’s recent billboard that he paid for and is seen in the area around his church is also bringing his followers to question what the truth really is, according to the Gossip Jackal.
The New Birth Church and its youth group are also named as defendants in the lawsuits that the four young men have brought forth. The lawyers representing these two organizations cannot represent Long due to conflict of interest.
The reason for the conflict of interest is that it is alleged that Long used the Church’s money for the lavish gifts, such as trips, cars, and money, for the boys. If this turns out to be the case, the Church will have a case against Long for misuse of the church’s funds, according to the website Lalate. This is another aspect of the case that Long’s followers are beginning to question.
Long was going to host a political fundraiser for candidate for governor Roy Barnes, according to AJC. The spokesperson for Barnes recently canceled the event; this is a political figure who is distancing himself from Long.
It appears that Long’s supporters are slowly but surely backing away from him and his scandal!
On Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. , Bishop Walker has organized a rally at the Georgia State Capitol asking for Long’s resignation from his post in the church. Reuben Armstrong will be joining that rally along with other supporters, according to Armstrong.
Reference: Gossip Jakal, Interview with Reuben Armstrong, AJC , AJC LaLate,AJC