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Bishop Eddie Long Scandal: Parishioners Back Bishop (VIDEO)

First Posted: 09/22/10 05:12 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

Bishop Eddie Long Scandal
The Bishop Eddie Long scandal could have far-reaching implications.

Members of Bishop Eddie Long's 30,000-strong congregation spoke out today in favor of Long amidst a sex scandal, calling the allegations false, CBS News reports.

"We don't believe it," says one parishioner Tonia Sawyer.

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church pastor has spoken out against gays in the past but has been accused of coercing two young men into a sexual relationship -- Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson, now 21 and 20 respectively.

Long joins a growing list of Christian Evangelical ministers in the United States who have been accused of sex abuse in recent years.

One of the richest and most powerful leaders of the African-American megachurch movement, the Long case has many implications for the black church.

Long's attorney Craig Gillen says that the pastor "categorically denies the allegations."

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