Talking about making a bigot look small – watch this video of the Rev. Dennis A. Meredith, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta. He’s lost members of his affirming congregation to Long’s megachurch, and he has choice words to say about the anti-gay messages that Long has delivered, and the alleged behavior’s effect on the lives of young men who are now charging he was a sexual predator. (AJC):
The nearly four-minute video was posted on YouTube on Monday, the day after Long made his first public comments about the scandal in which four young men sued the pastor, accusing him of coercing them into sexual relations. Long, in two sermons at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church last Sunday, vowed to “vigorously” defend himself against the allegations. However, Long did not directly state that he did not have sex with the men who filed the lawsuits.
Long compared himself to the biblical David against Goliath, asserting, “I have five rocks and I haven’t thrown one yet.”
In the video, though, Meredith takes exception to that description, calling Long a “giant of an individual, who claims he’s David. No, you’re the Goliath.”
* GLAAD’s Rashad Robinson comments on the Long scandal at Huff Post with “Harms of Anti-Gay Rhetoric Lost as Media Fixates on Bishop Eddie Long Scandal“