What does Bishop Eddie Long’s divorce have to do with the accusations of sexual coercion
The Atlanta Journal Constitution has dug up a 27 year old divorce settlement of embattled Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, which shows that his ex wife Dabara S. Houston accused him of spousal abuse. According to the paper, the Bishop, who has been accused of sexual coercion by four young male parishioners, had a really bad temper, if his wife’s testimony from 27 years ago is credible. Here is what Dabara S. Houston apparently said in her counterclaims to his petition to divorce:
Dabara S. Houston said she was the victim of “cruel treatment” and was afraid of Long’s “violent and vicious temper,” according to Fulton County Superior Court records. She and her son “had to flee [the couple’s Fairburn home] in order to ensure their safety,” the documents say.
Inneresting. This is bad news for Bishop Long. The thing I want to guard against is this notion that, even assuming he hit his wife and had a temper, that it also means he coerced young male parishioners into a sexual/homosexual relationship. That’s as stupid as saying that Nadya Suleman had 14 kids by IVF so therefore she would be interested in doing a porn flick. One has nothing to do with the other.
At the same time, however, if the Bishop did abuse his wife and treat her cruelly, if he had a “bad temper,” then that would mean that he’s at best, two-faced. That would mean he is capable of great sins and misdeeds. That would mean that for all his preaching about God, that he doesn’t practice what he preaches. That would mean that he is a hypocrite. Now, I guess the subtext to the AJC article, is that if he is, in fact, a hypocrite, then what else is he being hypocritical about? If he is capable of being a wife-beater to the point that his own wife had to flee his home, but then goes to church on Sunday morning and brings the house down with the word of God, then what else is he capable of that is, how shall we say, contradictory?
I have to say, I heard an excerpt of his post-accusation sermon, and he is definitely capable of great passion and the flip side of that, of course, is great rage. Of course. But, again, that does not translate into him being a homosexual predator and child molester. It is dangerous and more than just a little bit sneaky of AJC to try to connect those dots in this manner. It’s even a little bit unfair and prejudicial. The man was in his twenties then, he’s in his fifties now.
Low blow, AJC!
Still, interesting. Very, very interesting divorce news. For his sake and the sake of his entire congregation, and, of course, the young men, I truly hope these allegations are false.