Not seeking to replicate the actions of other celebrity wives with sexually-deviant husbands, Vanessa Long has filed for divorce. You might know Vanessa’s name because of the actions of her husband, Bishop Eddie Long, who has been accused by several young men at his church of coercing them into various sex acts.
Long initially promised his congregation that he would fight the charges and that the facts surrounding the case would be revealed. He later, however, decided to settle the case behind closed doors. Many are speculating that this may be the scandal that broke the marriage’s back and led his wife to find a better situation.
"After a great deal of deliberation and prayer, I have decided to terminate my marriage to Bishop Eddie L. Long. Accordingly, I authorized my attorneys to file for divorce on December 1, 2011," Vanessa Long said in a statement.
Bishop Eddie Long remains the pastor at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an institution that has seen its reputation undermined by a series of scandals. In addition to the allegations of sexual misconduct by Pastor Long, there was another situation in which several church members lost thousands of dollars in a bad investment arranged by Ephren Taylor, a financial advisor endorsed by Bishop Long.
Mrs. Long said more in her statement:
"It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously and fairly. I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I have agreed that we will not try this case in the media, and I do not intend to make any further statements concerning this matter."
The Longs have been married since 1990. They have three male children.
We’ve spent probably too much time discussing the blatant and sad hypocrisy of Bishop Eddie Long. We’ve also spent far too much time this year being slammed by one scandal after another involving powerful men using that power to do unspeakable things to young boys. I am hopeful that the case of Bishop Eddie Long opens eyes and makes us aware of how to protect our children in a world where there are predators with an insatiable desire to feast on those who are most vulnerable.
I would say shame on Eddie Long. But I’m sure that no amount of disdain he receives from the public can match the disgust he likely has for himself. He appears to be a very sick man, and it is my prayer, right now, that he eventually gets the help that he needs.
I do not consider Long to be a sick man for being gay. Rather, the sickness stems around his desire to express his sexuality with young boys he’s been asked to protect, and the fact that he may not have come to accept his own sexuality. One of the saddest things about the Eddie Long scandal is that he spent many years condemning the gay community in ways that were unfair and in direct contrast to the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Thus far, Long’s indiscretions have cost him everything. I also don’t expect this to be the last we hear about Bishop Eddie Long. This pastor might spend Sundays preaching about the afterlife, but it appears that his hell is right here on earth.