Scandal Involving Bishop Eddie Long

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 Expert:

Dr. Anthea Butler

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

University of Pennsylvania

Credentials: 

· Dr. Butler is author of “Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World.”

· Interests include Pentecostalism, prosperity gospel, religion and politics, African-American religion

· Read the full blog post “Eddie Long Case Should Mark the End of Black Church Homophobia” at Religion Dispatches http://www.religiondispatches.org/dispatches/antheabutler/3398/eddie_long_case_should_mark_the_end_of_black_church_homophobia/

Quote:  “The Eddie Long crisis is not just a crisis for himself, the accusers, Long’s family and the church; it’s a clarion call to African-American churches to cease and desist with the homophobia and finally start to deal with the fact that it’s not the folks in the pews who need to be disciplined, it’s the corrupt, bankrupt leadership of many, though not all, churches.  The endless round of pastors’ anniversaries, offerings and the fawning ‘my pastor is God and can do no wrong’ theology of black churches needs to stop.”