Monday, January 09, 2006

Love the Sinner

It doesn’t get any better than this.

1) What was Lonnie Latham, executive committee member of the Southern Baptist Convention (the nation’s largest Protestant denomination) and senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, arrested for in Oklahoma City last week?

A) Possessing 12 kilograms of cocaine.
B) Failing to report more than $250,000 in federal income tax.
C) Driving with a blood alcohol content more than three times the Oklahoma legal limit.
D) Offering an undercover policeman $500 in exchange for a oral sex.

D) Offering an undercover policeman $500 to come back to his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested in the parking lot of a local hotel known as a hotspot for male prostitution, and charged with offering to engage in an act of lewdness. His defense? “I was set up,” Latham said, “I was in the area pastoring to police.” Of course, Latham has used his ministry to speak out against homosexuality, and urged his parishioners to befriend gays and lesbians and turn them into good heterosexuals by getting them to “accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their ‘sinful, destructive lifestyle.’” Seems that Latham couldn’t catch a break that day — the cops also impounded his new Mercedes Benz.


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