Creflo Dollar Defends, Sherri Shepherd Derides Bishop Eddie Long As New Reports Surface Regarding How Much The Four Young Men Were Really Paid
Saw all this last night, but was too tired to put it all up. Eat this with your morning Wheaties/granola/coffee.
The righteous and the shysters People are beginning to take definite sides in this case, particularly Long’s shyster buddy co-religious, Pastor Creflo Dollar, someone who should know better than to put his two left feet in this mess. From the AJC:
Pastor Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in College Park gave a lengthy sermon Sunday about redemption and forgiveness. Then he spent several minutes talking about a fellow, unnamed pastor who had a “wreck.”
In a video of the sermon posted on YouTube — viewed more than 34,000 times — and also on the church’s website, Dollar appears to tell members of Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to return to the Lithonia church. He doesn’t identify Long or New Birth by name. He says the preacher in question is his “friend” and a “brother in the Lord.”
In the sermon, Dollar said: “I don’t know what it is with the church. When you have a wreck you expect for God to forgive you and everyone else. Don’t let the preacher have a wreck, now. Then you become self righteous and you become judgmental and you’re gonna leave the preacher for his wreck when you done had more wrecks. That preacher’s still anointed to do what he was called to do. He just had a wreck. The blood will take care of his issue just like it will take care of yours.”
This is no car wreck, “Doctor” Dollar. Nor is it a train wreck. This was no accident. Eddie Long did bad all by himself. Michael Arceneaux at The Root thinks so, too:
This kind of oversimplification helps create the climate for more Eddie Long-like scandals to happen again and again.
If Long’s former followers are being “self-righteous” and “judgmental,” they’re only taking cues from the self-anointed bishop himself. It’s not surprising that Dollar thinks the scandal involving his friend — who was accused of using his power, wealth and influence to bed men introduced to him as boys — is just a “wreck” and employed some twisted form of theology to excuse it. Both men espouse this kind of “prosperity preaching” that’s essentially nothing more than Christianity for the capitalist. Never mind that it’s completely antithetical to the life Jesus led on Earth.
They should stop with the homophobia, too.
Even some in the entertainment industry who have followed his career are speaking out, like Sherri Shepherd, for instance. (You can ignore the other stuff after 1:45 minutes, if you like.)
Creflo’s people have since taken down the above You Tube video of his sermon extract, but Hip Hop Wired had it, purloined from the Pimp Preachers website. The commentary at Hip Hop Wired has been particularly florid, with many quoting Scripture and telling Creflo in so many words to STFU and STFD, that the outcome of this sex scandal is much more serious than he or Long thinks.
Meanwhile, AllVoices.com published a story by Veronica Roberts yesterday about the true sum paid off to the four young accusers, and the fact that Eddie Long refused to make a public apology to them, preferring to personally and privately apologize to the young men.
Yeah, a private apology. A public one would be even worse for him. He would have to admit that he engaged in homosexual acts. No doubt, this was probably the crux upon which the settlement negotiations began to founder.
A new sum-total in Bishop Eddie Long‘s sex suit settlement has emerged– now bringing the figure to an alleged $24.8 million and not the previously reported $15 million.
According to many reports, the New Birth Missionary Baptist leader has agreed to this hefty pay-off because he would rather pay-up than ‘fess-up’ publicly. The civil suit was mediated not tried in a civil court. Why this decision was made or agreed on, was never given…
Reportedly, all the proceedings of this mediation will be sealed to the public but sources say Long has apologized privately as part of the deal.
Reports have since surfaced that the new Birth Church had paid these young men as much as $40,000 annually even before all the sex suit was filed.
The almost $25 million pay-out would allegedly be divided up as follows: after council (sic) gets their cut of $2.8 million, the rest will be divided up among the 4 young men, with each receiving a reported $2.2 million, then $400,000 over a period of 20 years. The math sounds a bit fuzzy so I take this with a grain of salt.
What interests me is the fact that Bishop Long was already paying each of these young men up to $40 grand a year before the lawsuits were filed. Now, you know basic math, yall. Which makes me wonder whether this was hush money that simply just did not add up for them. Were they able to get jobs after they were no longer his favorites? Or were they too psychologically damaged to do anything with their lives?
Let me say this: episodes like this happen with rape survivors. Having to relive or revisit the incidents with Long is also an aspect of PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Thousands of Hurricane Katrina survivors and Iraq-Afghanistan vets relive over and over devastating incidents connected with the disaster and the wars.
I doubt whether these young men were partying down and the money ran out. But if any of this is true about the settlement money, I hope that they get the help that they need to move their lives forward and beyond this man.
And if they are really gay or bisexual, then I would hope that they would seek and receive support and understanding among peers, family and religious alike. One thing is for sure: they do not need hate.