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A Hypocritical Fundie? Pull the Other One!
2006.01.06 (Fri) 14:00
No, it isn't headline news when a Christian fundamentalist loudly preaches about morals, then turns around and promptly ignores the bullshit "morality" he's trying to force on others — just leaf through our site, and we're sure you can find many examples of such behavior. But that doesn't stop us from laughing when we read about it. Alert reader Federico Contreras pointed us to the following article (which has also been covered by Les, PZ, and Brent):
Tulsa Pastor Arrested In OKC On Lewdness Charge
OKLAHOMA CITY — 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.
The article also mentions his previous public stance on homosexuality:
[Latham] has also spoken out against same-sex marriage and in support of a Southern Baptist Convention directive urging its 42,000 churches to befriend gays and lesbians and try to convince them that they can become heterosexual "if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle."'
Hello...Pot? Kettle? Black? As we said, instances in which supposedly devout Christians turn out to be "guilty" of the very "sins" they are preaching against are not uncommon. Christianity by its very nature teaches a form of self-loathing that, for true believers who happen to be homosexual, almost inevitably leads to repression and hate. And if Latham wasn't such a vocal opponent of homosexuality, we would probably feel sorry for him. Instead, we just find ourselves laughing.
Make no mistake, we don't think that what Latham did should even be criminal. First, it isn't clear that he was offering to pay for sex — the article mentions a lewdness charge, not a solicitation charge. This seems to mean that he was arrested simply for suggesting oral sex to someone. That is absolutely ludicrous. In addition, we believe that prostitution shouldn't be a crime anyway, so even if there was an offer to pay for said oral sex, what Latham did should not have landed him in jail. All that said, we're pleased as punch that he's been exposed as the hateful hypocrite that he is.
And what is Latham's response to all this?
When he left jail, he told Oklahoma City television station KFOR:
"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."
The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, which is in an area where the public has complained about male prostitutes flagging down cars, Becker said. The plainclothes officers was investigating these complaints.
And...that's the story you're sticking to, Lonnie? You were in an area well known as a hangout for male prostitutes in order to..."pastor to police officers"? And you somehow knew that the plainclothes officer, posing as a prostitute no doubt, was in fact a police officer and not what he pretended to be? Then, while preaching to him — about, what, how he should be more tolerant of the people he was there to arrest? — he slapped the cuffs on you and concocted this whole story about you asking him for a hummer? You're lucky that stupidity isn't a crime in Oklahoma as well, or you'd be going away for a long, long time.
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