A small group of protesters including clergy filed onto the grounds of the Atlanta capital building on Sunday to demand the resignation of Bishop Eddie Long. The rally was held in response to four lawsuits against Long, in which former male members of New Birth accuse Long of manipulating them into sexual relationships.
“You think we are going to roll over? You think we're not going to fight back ... Hell no,” said Bishop H. "Prophet" Walker from the True Light Pentecost Church in Spartanburg, S.C.
The rally’s six speakers discussed their beliefs on the immorality of homosexuality.
"Homosexual practice is always wrong. It doesn't matter if you practice it in public in San Francisco or in secretly as a church leader, Mr. long," said Peter Laberbera, President of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality.
One of the speakers and organizers was Dallas radio talk show host Reuben Armstrong. He authored “Snakes In The Pulpit,” a book that accused Long of homosexuality three years ago.
“I would equate Bishop Long to Jim Jones, I would not be surprised if his followers didn't drink the Kool-Aid this morning,” Armstrong said. “I’m going to end today, Bishop Long, if it don’t fit, you must quit."
Armstrong has also called for Long to be administered an HIV test. It's apparent, at least to me, that this "protest" was merely an opportunity for these relatively unknown ministers (with Porno Pete Laberbera being the exception) to have their 15 minutes of fame by publicly condemning Long and railing against homosexuality. Part two of the Eddie Long scandal is coming but this sure isn't it.
Watch WSBTV's video report here.