“A popular political and economic analyst and African-American culture critic has stirred controversy with a column bashing Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church over his multiple sexual misconduct allegations, calling the Atlanta, Ga., minister a “bold-faced liar.”
Dr. Boyce Watkins, a published author and Scholar in Residence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University, bashed the Georgia minister, known for multiple controversies including alleged sexual misconduct with male church members. The critic expressed admiration that the young men who accused Long have been speaking out, “in spite of the consequences for doing so,” which he expressed in a column in his online publication, Your Black World.
“They’ve been ridiculed and attacked by Eddie Long supporters, dealt with the stigma of being involved in a homosexual relationship, been publicly chastised by their attorney and lost hundreds of thousands (some say millions) of dollars by telling their secrets to the world,” Watkins wrote.
The critic was not picky in his wording nor did he hide his antipathy for Long, came to a settlement agreement with his accusers instead of taking the case to court.
“Eddie Long proved himself nothing less than a bold-faced liar by demanding confidentiality in his settlement with the boys,” Watkins raged. “After promising at the start of the scandal that the truth would eventually come out, Long ran from the truth like a smelly dog avoiding the bath tub.”
Long has been involved in several controversies, ranging from questionable business practices to accusations of seriously unethical conduct. In 2005, the minister was questioned in regards to unclear circumstances in which he received a dazzling salary of $3.07 million worth of compensation and benefits from his eponymous non-profit charity, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc., according to reports. In October, the embattled minister was accused of encouraging several congregants to unwittingly invest in a $1 million Ponzi scheme. Long had also reached a settlement previously in a property lawsuit over a default on a $2 million loan he took out in Aug. 2007 to buy a local gymnasium. Full story