Thursday, September 30, 2010

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

Allow me to break down the Eddie Long scandal as best as I can including photos and videos:

Tuesday, Sept. 21 - Prominent anti-gay black pastor accused of sexual coercion - Two young men in Georgia, Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Murray Robinson, 20, filed a suit in DeKalb County, Georgia alleging that Long used his position as pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to coerce them into sex. Long's spokesman denies the allegation.

Wednesday, Sept. 22 - Eddie Long hit with third sexual coercion lawsuit but is defended by congregation members - Long is hit with another sexual coercion lawsuit by Jamal Parris, 23. Long is defended by his congregation members.

Thursday, Sept. 23 - Eddie Long scandal now includes pictures - The lawsuits take a strange turn when attorney B.J. Bernstein, who are representing the three men suing Long releases two pictures of Long dressed in spandex and workout clothing supposedly sent to one of the alleged victims.

 Friday, Sept. 24 Eddie Long rumored to step down amid possibly more allegations of sexual coercion - A fourth young man Spencer LeGrande, files suit. Meanwhile, pastors in Atlanta gather to pray for Long.

Sunday, Sept. 26 - Eddie Long determined to fight allegations of sexual coercion - Long tells a packed house at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, that he was innocent of the charges and that he was determined to fight them:

Wednesday, September 29 - Jamal Parris, one of Eddie Long's accusers, gives a sad, riveting account - One of Long's accusers, Jamal Parris, speaks to the press:

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Another Eddie Long accuser speaks out - The fourth young man to file a suit, Spencer LeGrande, also talks to the press:

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Another Eddie Long accuser speaks out and other Thursday midday news briefs

Another accuser of Eddie Long speaks out:

In other news:

Obama Speaks About His Faith, Gets Accued of Being An Ignorant, Lying "Limousine Marxist Hypocrite" - Because you know these folks, who frequently bear false witness against the lgbt community, are the "true Christians."

TWO Deeply Saddened By Three Gay Teen September Suicides Resulting From School Bullying - What the hell is going on here?

MI Attorney General: Fire anti-gay cyber-bully Andrew Shirvell - I don't get this. Everyone knows that Andrew Shrivell is harassing and stalking Chris Armstrong, the college student. I guess Attorney General Mike Cox will be spurred to do something if Armstrong harms himself. I hope it doesn't get to that point.

Immigration Bill to Include LGBTs - It's about time.

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Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber stands up for gay persecution

In a hysterical screed published by the American Family Association's One News Now, Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel sets his aim at the United Nations:

The United Nations is pressing for acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle worldwide, which was made evident during a recent human rights meeting in Geneva.

A written statement from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on U.N. members to abolish laws that discriminate against homosexuals. The statement comes two months after a homosexual activist group received U.N. accreditation.

"The United Nations just continues to spiral further and further down into the abyss of irrelevancy," laments Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs at Liberty Counsel. "Their radical, leftist, post-modern secular humanist, globalist agenda is just as clear as it has ever been."

That agenda has become a point of concern for some countries that depend on the United Nations and its agencies, but Barber points out that at the same time, "this is why so many nations around the world that embrace traditional values, that embrace sexual morality, have really written the U.N. off as an extremist conglomerate of really left-wing 'wacktivists.'"

As par for the course with One News Now, Barber's insane comments are the only thing published about the U.N.'s actions.

Here are some facts that the One News Now article omitted:

In a message to a panel discussion in Geneva on ending violence and criminal sanctions based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which was delivered by UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay, Mr. Ban noted that the responsibilities of the UN and the obligations of States are clear.

“No one, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. No one should be prosecuted for their ideas or beliefs. No one should be punished for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

In May, during a visit to Malawi, the Secretary-General called for laws criminalizing people on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to be reformed worldwide. Such laws, he noted, fuel violence, help to legitimize homophobia and contribute to a climate of hate.

While in Malawi, he had also lauded the “courageous” decision by the country’s leader to pardon a gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years in prison, voicing hope that the African nation will update its laws to reflect international standards.

Ms. Pillay noted in her own remarks that, despite significant progress made in a number of States, there is still no region in the world today where people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender or intersex (LGBTI) can live entirely free from discrimination or from the threat of harassment and physical attack.

“But in 78 countries, individuals still face criminal sanctions on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” she told the event, which was held on the sidelines of the 15th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.

So what the United Nations is actually trying to do is to eliminate persecution against lgbts in other countries.

And apparently to Barber, this persecution, which in some cases includes jail time and physical violence, embodies "traditional values."

You know, there are times when I get frustrated because I feel that I'm not communicating just how hypocritical and hateful some members of the religious right actually are.

Then someone like Matt Barber comes along and makes my job so much easier.

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