May 30, 2011 by The ReadyWriter
Unable to come to terms with her pastor’s secret lifestyle, Bernice King has left her position at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, according to the AJC.
King, 48, the youngest and only surviving daughter of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, left her position as an elder on Sunday just days after Bishop Eddie Long and the church settled lawsuits brought by 4 men who say he coerced them with gifts, clothing and trips in exchange for sex.
King was an impassioned opponent of gay rights and gay marriage in particular. In 2004, King and Long walked side by side during a march against gay marriage that ended at the Martin Luther King grave site.
It is supposedly well-known in the lesbian community that King is not empathetic toward gays and lesbians. It has been long rumored that Bernice, who never married, is an undercover lesbian herself. Just because she’s not married doesn’t constitute her being a lesbian though. I’m not married YET and I’m not gay! Far from it.
In a report written by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Long was called “one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.” In one sermon, he says to gays and lesbians, “God says you deserve death!”
Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist mega church once had a membership of 25,000. But at the 8 a.m. service on the Sunday following news of the settlement, the congregation numbered in the hundreds.
Time eventually reveals all truth!