Bishop Eddie Long is not the first preacher who ranted against homosexuality, who in turn was accused of being gay. There have been several others, all who have been accused of carrying out homosexual affairs in the bedroom, while raging against gays in the pulpit. Here are 5 ministers who preached against homosexuality in public yet were accused of indulging in homosexuality in private.
5. George Rekers
George Rekers is a baptist minister and one of the Christian Right’s most prominent anti-gay activists. He was on the board for the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, which tries to find ways to “cure” homosexuality and testified as a state witness in favor of Florida’s gay adoption ban trial. Rekers was caught at an airport with a gay prostitute returning from a flight to Bermuda. He had found the prostitute on the site rentboy where the prostitute listed himself as “sensual,” “wild” and “up for anything.”
4. Ted Haggard
Ted Haggard was the pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was the president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and would meet with figures such as President George W. Bush. Haggard would campaign against gay marriage and bash homosexuality in Church. In 2006, a gay male prostitute claimed that he had regular sex with Haggard and also used with methamphetamines. Haggard would admit to being gay and having a relationship with a male church member.
3. Bishop Eddie Long
Eddie Long is another minister who would attack homosexuality in public only to be accused of being gay himself. Four separate young men have accused Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into sex. Eddie Long would preach against homosexuality and ministered “homosexual cures” to gays and lesbians while criticizing gay people. The SPLC would label Eddie Long as “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”
2. Paul Crouch
Paul Crouch is the founder, President and chairman of the anti-gay Trinity Broadcasting Networking. Crouch was accused of threatening to fire a male employee, Enoch Lonnie Ford if he didn’t have an affair with him. Crouch and TBN would settle out of court with Ford for just under half a million dollars.
1. John Geoghan
John Geoghan is a Catholic priest who worked in the Boston area. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church views homosexuality as an unnatural sin, Geoghan was accused of molesting over 130 young boys. Gegohan would be convicted of grabbing a 10-year-old boy’s buttocks and would be sentenced to 10 years in jail. He was killed in jail by white supremacist who had killed a man for making a pass at him.