It’s a dark rainy Wednesday on the Island of Corfu. I’m sitting in my usual spot at the most beautiful Starbucks in the world watching it rain. For a tennis pro rain means no work (unless you have indoor courts) so it’s another day off around here.
I just spent the last 5 minutes or so watching an interview with one of Bishop Eddie Long’s alleged victims and it’s riveting. You can see the video here. If that young man is lying he should be in Hollywood starring on the silver screen. I’ll be interested in reading your reaction to this interview.
My opinion and it’s just that but I say fast Eddie will wind up writing at least four huge checks and the entire matter will go away without him missing a beat. No one but about two dozen people will know what really happened and all parties will be sworn to secrecy.
That’s how big religion works my friends.
Big religion revolves around power and money. It also revolves around a charismatic articulate preacher and Eddie is as charismatic and articulate as they come. Keep in mind that Eddie is also a millionaire who uses others money to support his community. That goes a long way my friends.
If Eddie Long were a small town preacher in Podunk wherever he would have already been removed from his pulpit without any official statement read by him or his lawyers on CNN. The cause of Christ would certainly have been considered. If the four were indeed victims they would seek healing and the pastor would be looking for employment elsewhere. Instead it’s lights, camera and action.
That’s big religion at its worst finest my friends.
Big religion will protect fast Eddie’s sorry backside just like it has protected others who have faced similar scandals. He won’t be thrown away like a hot dog wrapper at the ballpark like we’ve witnessed in other cases. He won’t be publicly shunned or vilified daily because big religion will make this all go away as if it never existed. The only ones who will remember are the victims.