Thursday, January 05, 2006
On Your Knees, Sinner!

Wow, what a surprise... (yawn)

An executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said.

Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his 2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said.

When he left jail, he said:

"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

"Yeah, that's it... I was pastoring to police! So naturally I went up to some guy who didn't even look like a cop and offered to blow him." Because if they come in your mouth, that's how you know they're a sinner.

And bear in mind, this guy wasn't just some run-of-the-mill Okie Baptist preacher; he's on the Southern Baptist Convention executive committee. So he's a really important Okie Baptist preacher.

A fundamentalist hypocrite? Surely not!

PS: Over at Pharyngula, an interesting point is made: what exactly was Latham arrested for? Did the proposition include payment? If so, that makes the arrest even more amusing. And if it didn't... was he just arrested for hitting on a man? That's just wrong, even if the guy who did it is a flaming fundie hypocrite who deserves every ounce of humiliation he gets.

Maybe we should work to make Rev. Latham's case a cause célèbre for gay rights in Oklahoma, eh?
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