In Oklahoma, They Call It "Pastoring To" Someone

Saturday, January 07, 2006

In Oklahoma, They Call It "Pastoring To" Someone

Recent news from the buckle of the Bible Belt:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A pastor who has spoken out against homosexuality was arrested after propositioning a male undercover police officer outside a hotel, authorities said.

... (The Rev. Lonnie) Latham, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee, was arrested Tuesday and charged with offering to engage in an act of lewdness, Capt. Jeffrey Becker said.

... Latham has supported a convention directive urging members 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.'"
The AP story included this quote by Latham, spoken after he was booked at the jail: "I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

On the surface, it might seem like a plausible explanation -- except for the fact that the reason they're called "undercover" police is because they aren't wearing their badge or uniform, and they aren't telling anyone they're cops.

There may be relevant details that this article is leaving out, but, on the surface at least, it's hard (pardon the pun) to believe that Latham could have known the person he was, um, "pastoring to" was a policeman.

So it appears likely that Latham is not only a self-loathing, hypocrite of a man; he's also a liar.

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