Eddie Long scandal – protesters in Atlanta are getting ready for a rally pressing for the Eddie Long’s resignation. Bishop Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta has been accused by four men in his congregation of sexually abusing them after they received lavish gifts and world travels from him.
The allegations of sexual abuse surfaced late September and Long’s existence as Bishop has been a controversial topic. Protesters will rally on Oct. 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol this Sunday.
Prophet H. Walker of True Light Pentecostal Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina is leading the rally calling for Long’s resignation within his church as allegations face him. Bishop Long has not stepped down from his position since the allegations surfaced and hasn’t confirmed nor denied he did anything wrong.
Dallas-based talk show host, Reuben Armstrong plays an important role in the rally as well in the protest. Last week he wrote a letter to Judge Johnny Panos in Georgia requesting an HIV/AIDS test of Bishop Eddie Long.
Armstrong said protesters from around the country, even the world, will be present at the Georgia rally. In 2006, Reuben Armstrong was contacted by two youth pastors of New Birth church in Atlanta who claimed to witness Eddie Long’s extravagant gestures towards the congregation’s young men in exchange for sexual favors. In 2007 Reuben Armstrong wrote the bestselling book, “Snakes in the Pulpit” which named Bishop Long as one of several church leaders abusing their position within the religious institution for selfish gain over followers.
In spite of disturbing messages and death threats facing Prophet H. Walker for forming the Georgia rally, he is proceeding as planned and hopes the Atlanta rally will be enough to pressure Eddie Long to resign.