Veteran civil rights leader Julian Bond is speaking out for the first time on the four lawsuits filed against anti-gay mega-church pastor Bishop Eddie Long, whom he describes as a "raving homophobe." If the allegations are true, Bond says, it will it will be a "sad victory for gay rights."
Bond is the former chairman of the NAACP and a strong supporter of gay rights. In June 2006, Bond famously refused to attend the funeral of Coretta Scott King that was held at New Birth MB Church. At the time he said, "I knew her attitude toward gay and lesbian rights. And I just couldn't imagine that she'd want to be in that church with a minister who was a raving homophobe. And I couldn't see myself in my church either."
Bond, who was an early leader in the civil rights movement alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., amplified his remarks on the embattled anti-gay pastor. "He said that homosexuality is worthy of death. He is a raving homophobe," said the civil rights legend former longtime Georgia legislator. "If [the allegations] are true, it's just sort of typical of people who are raving homphobes who are secretly homosexual. And who are homophobes because they are filled with so much self-loathing and self-hate that they've got to let it come out in some way, and it comes out in homophobia."
Hear, hear. In recent years Bond as been very active on LGBT rights, speaking at the National Equality March and testifying to the New Jersey Senate on behalf of marriage equality. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...