A letter has been sent to Georgia Judge Johnny Panos requesting Bishop Eddie Long take an HIV and AIDS test. Dallas talk show host and bestselling author of the 2007 book “Snakes in the Pulpit,” Reuben Armstrong said he was in the process of sending a letter to the judge last week in a request to mandate Bishop Long take the tests. The letter and decision are now in the judge’s hands.
For Reuben Armstrong, the Accusations of Eddie Long Began in 2006
Two youth pastors of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, reached out to Armstrong in 2006 over their witness accounts of how Long allegedly seduced young men into sexual relationships with him. Long was said to have provided his “spiritual sons” with gifts, cars, and trips around the world in exchange for sexual favors. Years later, four men come forward in September stating much of the same accusations against Long, and this prompted the letter by Armstrong.
Reuben Armstrong Wrote Letter as a Protective Measure For Those He Speaks For
Reuben Armstrong is an activist for those scared of consequences by taking on powerful men like Eddie Long. Armstrong describes himself as a voice for those who don’t have one and needs someone to protect them. The letter Armstrong wrote to Judge Johnny Panos is part of his effort in protecting them. Given the nature of the young men’s accusations against Eddie Long abusing them sexually, Reuben Armstrong feels it only makes sense Long submit to an HIV and AIDS test given the nature of the accusations in the scandal.
A copy of the letter can be seen HERE.
Reuben Armstrong teams with Bishop H. Walker of True Light Pentecostal Church of Spartanburg, South Carolina to hold a rally calling for Bishop Long’s resignation. The rally will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Georgia State Capitol. The attendance is expected to see protesters from all over the nation and around the globe.
Another Case Where AIDS Was in a Bishop’s Abuse Scandal
Will a letter requesting Eddie Long have HIV and AIDS tests actually be enforced. Reuben Armstrong states in the letter that sexually transmitted diseases is a huge problem, especially among African-Americans. In fact, Armstrong referenced a case when a young man was molested within the Church of God in Christ by JD Bishop Husband who was infected with AIDS. As a result the Bishop died from the disease and the young man he abused suffered the same fate.
Letter in Judge’s Hands
Reuben Armstrong states clearly in his letter that he didn’t write the letter as a means of revenge, publicity, or to infer Eddie Long has a disease. It’s designed to settle concerns of anyone who alleges the Bishop abused them is safe from them.
In a letter that seems controversial on its own, it makes sense an activist for those reporting abuse would want to rule this out in an effort to protect those who are afraid to speak out.
Will the Georgia Judge consider the request in mandating Eddie Long take the HIV and AIDS tests?
Sources: Interview with Reuben Armstrong