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Megachurch Bishop Accused of Coercing Boys into Sex

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There should be a law ...

Something like, "The probability that a religious leader is a sex offender is directly proportional to the the virulence of his homophobia." It's happened again.

Two young men in Georgia said Tuesday that the pastor of a 33,000-person Baptist megachurch, Bishop Eddie L. Long, had repeatedly coerced them into having sex with him.

In two lawsuits filed in DeKalb County, the men said that Bishop Long, a prominent minister and television personality, had used his position as a spiritual counselor to take them on trips out of state and perform sexual acts on them.

It's gotten so I can't see any of these crazy god-wallopers and not assume they're going to leave the podium and run off to a back room to do exactly what they've been railing against. It's sort of like a Dorian Gray scheme: they've got a lilly-white sanctimonious face for the public, and what they reveal when off-camera and out of sight is something sickeningly depraved. What Pope Ratzi does behind closed doors must be nightmarish.