Hypocrisy: Naughty Vicars: January 2006 Archives

January 8, 2006

Gay sting minister resigns

United States: A pastor arrested earlier this week after he allegedly solicited sex from a plainclothes police officer has resigned from his church, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. Rev. Lonnie Latham only cited "personal reasons" in his resignation letter to the BGCO, and made no mention of recent events.

Meanwhile, P.Z. Myers received a fascinating comment from someone claiming to be a member of Latham's former church.

Pastor Accused Of Lewdness Resigns From ConventionChannelOklahoma.com, 6th January 2006; Tulsa Pastor Resigns From Church After ArrestKOTV, 6th January 2006. See also Pastor offers unique ministryPagan Prattle, 5th January 2006.

January 5, 2006

Pastor offers unique ministry

United States: An openly homophobic pastor has been arrested and charged with offering to engage in an act of lewdness after he allegedly propositioned a male plain clothes police officer in a motel car park. The police officer was investigating complaints about male protitution when Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, asked the officer to join him in his hotel room for oral sex.

The allegation is unfortunate for Latham, given what he claims to believe:

He 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.

According to other news sources, Latham claims he was 'pastoring' to the police at the time.

Anti-Gay Pastor Busted For Trying To Pick Up Male Prostitute Decoy365Gay.com News, 4th January 2006; Police: Pastor propositioned officerCNN, 5th January 2005.

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