Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long is facing a suit from former parishioners who say he encouraged them to invest in a company that was operating an alleged Ponzi scheme. A dozen former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., filed suit in DeKalb County court in late January. The suit says that Long’s assistant had been warned that businessman Ephren W. Taylor was running a $3 million capital deficit. After Long introduced the businessman as his “friend,” the former New Birth members lost more than $1 million investing with the self-described “social capitalist.”

“If Bishop Eddie Long hadn’t endorsed this they wouldn’t have invested,” Jason Doss, attorney for the former members, told the Journal-Constitution.

Oh, I don't know. This particular friend of George W. settled a suit against him filed by young men who accused him of coercing them into sexual relationships using gifts and money. Now any congregation that would still idolise such an abusive, deceitful person would probably believe anything and fall for every con that comes their way. I mean, they've already fallen for the biggest confidence trickster of all.

Big Long - Big Bad Long

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