Bishop Eddie Long Suffers Another Personal Blow? Bloggers Say Yes

Tue., Jun. 14, 2011 8:45 AM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Bishop Eddie L. Long’s wife, Vanessa, has — according to multiple blog sites — moved out of the family home and has taken one of the kids with her.

If this turns out to be true, which there’s a strong possibility it’s not, given the track records of frivolous bloggers, this would be the continued fallout from the sexual lawsuit filed against Long that has already sent powerful shockwaves reverberating through New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the international religious community.

Last year, the televangelist was accused of coercing four male parishioners of his church into sex. One suit detailed Long’s sexual interactions with plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, 21, stating: “Long shared a bedroom and engaged in intimate sexual contact with plaintiff Flagg including kissing, massaging, masturbating of plaintiff Flagg by defendant Long and oral sexual contact,” the suit said.

Since the case has been settled out of court, Long has had nothing to say in regards to the lawsuit, citing legally-bound confidentiality between the two parties. The bishop and church officials, however, are definitely responding to these latest rumors racing through cyberspace.

New Birth spokesman Art Franklin directly counters the claims of  a marital implosion and characterized the bloggers’ rumor-spreading as willful and hateful:

“Despite a very public attack against New Birth Church and its leadership, New Birth has chosen not to respond to rumors but remain focused on fulfilling the mission that God has for the ministry.

However, in this new digital world, along with a steep decline in quality reporting, many people can’t discern the difference between legitimate journalists and irresponsible bloggers. Recently, some blog entries have surfaced claiming to have anonymous sources stating that New Birth First Lady Elder Vanessa Long has left her husband. That claim is completely and absolutely false. Mrs. Long is very much a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother.

It is unfortunate that anyone would make such hateful and damaging false claims of this nature. These cruel and insensitive rumors have the potential to cause immeasurable pain and suffering. Those involved should feel obligated to retract their earlier statements.”

terry shropshire

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  • Pr_pro1973

    If you don’t know it to be true and you even think its untrue, why are you spreading the rumor?

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  • SugaBeezyBaby!

    His sexuality has been in question for yrs. and is not new news in Atlanta. He was a victim a mass shakedown! The young men who claimed to be victims, never should have accepted the gifts. If it were reversed and these were women who received cars and cash they would have been labeled gold digger’s and told to kick rock’s. I refuse to believe these young men only had one homo-sexual relationship, and it was with the good Bishop? When in fact these young men are gay, gay people have sexual relationships with gay people,  this may surprise you but this has been going before Christ was here. Most of us should be so lucky, to get a new Mustang out of a casual relationship.(Some of the women I have casual relationships with don’t even have cars?) I pray for all those CHRIST LOVING PEOPLE who can’t forgive , shame on you! The bishop himself should come out and admit he is gay, and run a gay congregation, Atlanta  has a large gay christian population, and he will still get a chance to spread the word of god. Blackthoughtzzz!!!!

  • SugaBeezyBaby!

    His sexuality has been in question for yrs. and is not new news in Atlanta. He was a victim a mass shakedown! The young men who claimed to be victims, never should have accepted the gifts. If it were reversed and these were women who received cars and cash they would have been labeled gold digger’s and told to kick rock’s. I refuse to believe these young men only had one homo-sexual relationship, and it was with the good Bishop? When in fact these young men are gay, gay people have sexual relationships with gay people,  this may surprise you but this has been going before Christ was here. Most of us should be so lucky, to get a new Mustang out of a casual relationship.(Some of the women I have casual relationships with don’t even have cars?) I pray for all those CHRIST LOVING PEOPLE who can’t forgive , shame on you! The bishop himself should come out and admit he is gay, and run a gay congregation, Atlanta  has a large gay christian population, and he will still get a chance to spread the word of god. Blackthoughtzzz!!!!

  • Timmybloc1

    christians dont seem to understand that by simply judging upon some one elses scandel , youve put yourself in someone elses mess . not here on earth, but with GOd . thats the reason he told us not to judge . when someones name arise in scandel , just pray for them . cause how you judge them , both good or bad , you will be judged in the same manner ………BEING FOUND GUILTY BY GOD , FIRST , BECAUSE HE TOLD US NOT TO JUDGE . PERIOD . so if my name or anyone elses name has risen in scandel , just pray for me or them . aint no use in you getting in trouble with GOD cause you decided to judge me or somebody else ……….