AMSA Board Member Richard Pitt: “What Attracts Hypocrites to Religious Leadership?”
The jury is still out on Bishop Eddie Long, who is facing charges of sexual coercion from four men. And as time passes for the religious leader, accusations continue to mount. Besides the sensational value of the scandal, the Eddie Long issue has put some of the most serious questions about organized religion on the table. If Long is proven guilty, he will represent the latest religious leader to symbolize hypocrisy in the church; while he vehemently condemned homosexuality as a leader for the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, he was involving himself in sexual wrongdoing with young men. To better make sense of this relationship between the Church, homosexuality and hypocrisy, The Atlanta Post turned to AMSA Board Member Dr. Richard N. Pitt, associate professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and an expert on the sociology of religion.