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Published:November 12th, 2010 13:53 EST
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Civil Rights Group Stands Up Against Evil Bishop Eddie Long

By Robert Paul Reyes

"An interfaith prayer vigil to call attention to pedophilia and homophobia in the black church will take place in Lithonia, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 13.

The vigil-`Break the Silence So Healing Can Begin`-will not only honor the memories of LGBT teenagers who have recently taken their own lives, but show support to the four young men who have spoken out about the abuse they said they endured by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Bishop Eddie Long."

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There has been a deafening silence in the black community in general, and in the black church in particular to homophobia within the black church.

Only a few African American ministers and politicians have spoken out against Bishop Eddie Long`s homophobia and hypocrisy.

Many white churches refuse to make common cause with black churches, because they don`t want to be perceived as condoning homophobia. In the interests of ecumenism it`s incumbent upon black congregations to repudiate homophobia.

As a freethinker who doesn`t belong to any organized religion, I find it repugnant that houses of worship are so segregated.

I commend Tuan N`Gai, the organizer of the vigil, for exposing evil. Ministers and all people of good will must stand up against iniquity.

We must confront evil in the person of Bishop Eddie Long, and let him know that it`s not OK to demonize homosexuals. It`s not OK to coerce young boys into sexual relations. It`s not OK to for a minister to fleece his congregation.

Be warned Bishop Eddie Long, we are on to you! You may find refuge within your sanctuary, but everywhere else you go the righteous will demand that you turn away from your evil ways, and seek repentance.

"The vigil will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Willie A. Watkins Special Event Center at 5843 Redan Road in Lithonia. The event will feature various members of the clergy, civil rights leaders and social justice activists from across the country."

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