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Published:November 18th, 2010 10:55 EST
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Megachurch Pastor Jim Swilley Comes Out Of Closet! Your Turn Eddie Long!

By Robert Paul Reyes

An evangelical preacher who attacks gays and lesbians, only to be exposed as a closeted homosexual is an often repeated spectacle.

jim swilleyMost recently the virulently anti-gay Bishop Eddie Long has been sued by four young men who claim that he coerced them into a sexual relationship when they were teenagers.

These hypocrites do incalculable harm to gays and lesbians when they spew their anti-gay rhetoric from the pulpit, some of their more unhinged followers are incited by their hateful words to beat and bully gay and lesbian teens.

But there is a ray of hope that evangelicals will realize that hypocrisy and homophobia are grievous sins in the sight of God.

"Jim Swilley, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch, recently revealed to his congregation that he is gay. The 52-year-old father of four said that his wife, to whom he was married for more than 20 years, encouraged him to come out years ago, but at the time, he told her: `These words will never come out of my mouth.`

However, the recent spate of teen suicides, particularly that of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, prompted him to change his mind. `For some reason his situation was kind of the tipping point with me,` Swilley told CNN`s Don Lemon this weekend."


In the gaudy and sometimes sleazy world of televangelism Jim Swilley stands out as a man of principle and conviction. There are more than a few homosexual televangelists who need to stop ostracizing gays and come out of the closet.

Bishop Eddie Long should be the first to follow Swilley`s example and publicly repent for attacking gays and come out of the closet.

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