The Senate investigation continues into the finances of Eddie Long and Creflo Dollar, the head of prominent, Atlanta-based anti-gay mega-churches that preach so-called "prosperity gospel." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
"Dan Busby, head of the nonprofit group the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, met with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) last month. Grassley said it may be time to subpoena documents that he requested from Dollar, Long and the others. "There will be a conclusion," Busby predicted, but he can’t say when it will come.
Grassley began the [investigation] 17 months ago after reports of ministers’ extravagant lifestyles while running tax-exempt organizations. He is a member of the Senate committee which oversees nonprofit regulation. He requested records from six ministers and put a deadline of March 2008 to receive the documents. Dollar turned him down. Long sent a limited amount, along with the Rev. Kenneth Copeland and Randy and Paula White. The Rev. Benny Hinn and Joyce Meyer have complied."
Creflo Dollar and Eddie Long are among the most vocal critics of gay rights and same-sex marriage in the black church. Both are known for their extravagance, routinely preaching sermons in expensive tailored suits and "dripping in diamonds."
Both of the pastors, as well as other prominent Atlanta-based black clergy, have been silent on the recent "bully-cide" of 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera. Interesting.