Sunday, August 28, 2005

"Jesus wasn't poor."

So there's this guy in Atlanta named "Bishop" Eddie Long who takes a bunch of money from gullible folks.
In 1995, Bishop Eddie Long established a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity to help the needy and spread the gospel.

But it was Long, leader of the largest church congregation in Georgia, who became the charity's biggest beneficiary.
Surely it wan't much, right? This is probably a small charity.
The charity's compensation to Long over that four-year period included:
  • A $1.4 million six-bedroom, nine-bath home on 20 acres in Lithonia.
  • Use of a $350,000 luxury Bentley automobile.
  • More than $1 million in salary, including $494,000 in 2000.
I hate to say this, but I really don't feel sorry for anyone who gave their money to this guy. Here's some free advice: If someone shows up at your house looking for a donation to help the less privledged in this world, take a look at his car. If he's driving a frigging Bentley, keep the money in your pocket.

And the expose in Sunday's AJC couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Thousands of African Americans marched Saturday to denounce same-sex marriage, invoking the name of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King to the anger of many gays and lesbians.

The march was organized by Bishop Eddie Long whose New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is one of the biggest black churches in the country.

Yeah, that was the march where Mr. Long lit a torch from Martin Luther King Jr.'s monument and led a march which supported a constitutional amendment making a certain segment of the United States second-class citizens.


Yossarian said...

Coretta Scott King, speaking four days before the 30th anniversary of her husband's assassination, said Tuesday the civil rights leader's memory demanded a strong stand for gay and lesbian rights. "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice," she said. "But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'" "I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people," she said. - Reuters, March 31, 1998.

Otto Man said...

Nice Coretta quote. Any word on how she's doing these days, since the small stroke?

Studiodave said...

The Bishop stayed for several days in a suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead - the most expensive hotel in Atlanta. Why he needs a place in the city? I can only assume the drive in the Bentley to Buford was a distraction from saving souls. To quote "Friday" "we was only prayin'!!"