Bishop Long: Blatant hypocrisy or a classic case of liberal class politics?

Monday, September 27th, 2010 @ 6:26 pm | Religion

Gleaned from a post by Balloon Juice writer mistermix:

Bishop Long cuts a flashy figure in Lithonia, the Atlanta suburb where he lives and has built his church. He is often seen in a Bentley attended by bodyguards. He tends to wear clothes that show off his muscular physique. He favors Gucci sunglasses, gold necklaces, diamond bracelets and Rolex watches. He lives in a 5,000-square-foot house with five bedrooms, which he bought for $1.1 million in 2005.[…]

In 2005, for instance, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published tax records showing that from 1997 to 2000 Bishop Long had accepted $3 million in salary, housing, a car and other perks from a charity he controlled.

The author goes on to comment about the lack of political interest in taxing the non-charitable activities of high-rolling mega-churches but I think the real question we should be asking here is whether or not Eddie Long is truly rich. A Bentley, Gucci sunglasses and diamond bracelets may sound like they cost a lot of money but when you take into consideration his lack of a private jet it makes me wonder if we’re all just envious of his success.

-mg

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