Monday, January 03, 2011

Rev. Eddie Long will not fight charges of sexual coercion, will try to mediate instead

This addition to the Eddie Long controversy happened last year but it is something that should be known.

Months after making a huge announcement in front of his congregation that he intends to fight charges lodged against him by four former male congregants of sexual coercion, the Rev. Eddie Long has instead chosen to mediate with his accusers to avoid going to trial.

From the Huffington Post:

With little fanfare or news coverage, the four sexual coercion lawsuits confronting Bishop Eddie Long had the first hearing recently, with both sides opting for mediation to avoid a trial.

Why no major news outlet or editorial columnist has discussed the implications of such a move is nothing less than egregious in nature. Despite the initial media crush and coverage and the incessant analysis of Bishop Long's statement on his website and "sermon," there's been nary a peep in response to the quest for mediation.

Granted, if the future mediation in February does not solve the dispute, there is a tentative trial date set for July 11, 2011. This could still end up being resolved in a courtroom.

Bishop Eddie Long agreeing to mediation of sexual coercion charges is an end-run around the universally accepted moral and ethical responsibilities of any ecumenical leader. Mediation of sexual allegation grievances is tantamount to an admission of "some" guilt, "some" form of ministerial misconduct. Innocent folk don't make deals if the claims against them are baseless and untrue. Mediation for the accused is a forfeiture of the right to ever claim innocence, and readers should be absolutely clear on this point.

At this point, it is not known why Long has agreed to mediate but it is worth mentioning that late last month, it came out that he is linked to a questionable mortgage scheme that is under investigation by federal authorities.

The controversy began in September when two young men sued Long, accusing him of coercing them into sex. Long was accused by a third man and then the controversy got huge when not only two of the men chose to do television interviews, but pictures of Long (allegedly sent to one of the men) surfaced. Then a fourth accuser came public.

The nature of the scandal is especially biting to Long because he is publicly known for not only opposing gay marriage but also homosexuality in general. In 2004, he led a march of over 25,000 opposing gay marriage and gay rights.

Hat tip to Americablog Gay.

Related post:

Eddie Long scandal - Chronology of what has happened and where we are now

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Hate crime numbers go up in New York State and other Monday midday news briefs

Porter Planning Another Values Voter Presidential Debate - Crazy Jane returns. I swear some members of the religious right is just like Jason Voorhees.

Marriage on the rocks in NH as haters will seek 'a rollback of human rights' - Take way rights given cause you don't want "those people" to have them. Oh yeah, that's fair.

Basu: Blanket ban on gay men is myopic - I agree.

Hate crime numbers up in New York State
- Ugh.

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Ugandan gays win court victory against homophobic newspaper

Fast on the heels of the blackmail scandal involving homophobic pastor Martin Ssempa, Ugandan lgbts have another victory to celebrate:

In October 2010, Rolling Stone newspaper had boldly called for gays to be hanged in one of their headlines. "Hang Them," the headline read. The ensuing story showed photos of people presumed to be gays in Uganda, and even indicated locations of their homes.

And according to gays in Uganda, the newspaper article led to some of those whose photos, names and home adresses appeared in the newspaper to be attacked and beaten up by people who claimed to be anti-gay.

But after taking the case to court and applying for damages whilst requesting for an injunction against the newspaper, a Uganda court Monday ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

The court has also issued a parmanent injunction against Rolling Stone newspaper never to publish photos of gays in Uganda, and also never to again publish their home addreses.

Justice Kibuuka Musoke’s ruling read in parts: "Gays are also entitled to their rights. This court has found that there was infringment of some people’s confidential rights. The court hereby issues an injuction restraining Rolling Stone newspaper from future publishing of identifcations of homosexuals."

Granted, that awful "kill the gays" bill pushed hard by Ssempa and others still has a possibility of passing the legislature and still hangs over the head of Ugandan lgbts. However, this victory and the situation with Ssempa is no doubt welcomed news to a population that has been the scapegoats of hatred for so long.

Hat tip toTowleroad

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