Earlier this week (or, was it late last week?) we read somewhere that in the wake of Bishop Eddie Long settling lawsuits brought by men who say he sexually assaulted them when they were young boys, his wife of 21 years, Vanessa Long, left him and took one of their children with her. The church's spokesperson shot down those rumors and issued this statement: "Despite a very public attack against New Birth Church and its leadership, New Birth has chosen not to respond to rumors but remain focused on fulfilling the mission that God has for the ministry. However, in this new digital world, along with a steep decline in quality reporting, many people can't discern the difference between legitimate journalists and irresponsible bloggers. Recently, some blog entries have surfaced claiming to have anonymous sources stating that New Birth First Lady Elder Vanessa Long has left her husband. That claim is completely and absolutely false. Mrs. Long is very much a loving, dedicated and committed wife and mother. It is unfortunate that anyone would make such hateful and damaging false claims of this nature. These cruel and insensitive rumors have the potential to cause immeasurable pain and suffering. Those involved should feel obligated to retract their earlier statements." Really? So if an alleged false report that Vanessa bailed on her marriage has the potential to "cause immeasurable pain and suffering", we wonder what toll the factual details of her husband's inappropriate sexual relationship with little boys had on Vanessa? Poor thing.