Thursday, January 05, 2006

Busted – another homophobic evangelical frock lifted

According to the US gay weekly, the Washington Blade, an executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel.

Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church who has denounced homosexuality in the past was arrested after asking a plain-clothed policeman to accompany him to a hotel room for oral sex. It is not clear from the story whether he felt it better to give than to receive a blow-job.

Now, obviously, one cannot support these “pretty policeman” entrapment measures, and whether prostitution ought to be illegal is a subject up for debate, but one can’t help indulging in a little schadenfreude when these bible-thumping fundamentalists out themselves by seeking some of the fruit they try to forbid to others.

Lathan was an opponent of civil rights for lesbian and gay people and – oh irony – an enthusiastic proponent of the “ex-gay” movement.

Let’s just hope that he’s had a road to Damascus experience where he expected to find heaven and mends his ways. He can start by being honest to himself, and then gradually, others.

He could try lying – like the hapless idiot John Paulk did – but like he himself now inadvertently has, the truth will also eventually come out.


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