It’s the sort of news item that seems to pop up like clockwork these days. Another outspoken anti-gay conservative known for claiming homosexuality can be cured is caught trying to get his gay on by the police.
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.
Latham, of course, denies the charge:
“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.
Cause, ya know, the one thing police need when they’re in the middle of a sting operation is some idiot trying to “pastorize” them. As always these sorts of stories cause me to reflect on the self-loathing message that’s found in Christian teachings and the apparent damage it does to people such as the good Pastor here turning them into hypocrites and their own worst enemy.