The Rev. Lonnie W. Latham, former senior pastor of the South Tulsa Baptist Church and former member of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, is a vocal opponent of marriage equality, and one of those cheap, oily yappers about the “sinful and destructive lifestyle” of GLBT people. At least he was until January, when he invited an undercover police officer to a hotel for oral sex.
Now he is outraged – absolutely OUTRAGED – at the charge filed against him.
His attorney, Mack Martin, filed a motion to have the misdemeanor lewdness charge thrown out, saying the Supreme Court ruled in the 2003 decision Lawrence v. Texas that it was not illegal for consenting adults to engage in private homosexual acts.
“Now, my client’s being prosecuted basically for having offered to engage in such an act, which basically makes it a crime to ask someone to do something that’s legal,” Martin said.
For the Right Reverend Latham’s edification, that would be the Lawrence v. Texas decision that was made possible by people living with integrity, people who, unlike himself, were not ashamed of who they were created to be. For added irony, it turns out that the ACLU is speaking up for this guy, too.
Yeah, I think we should recognize that people like this are broken and hate themselves because they’ve been chewed up and spat out by false religious doctrine. However, for some reason I’m having trouble coming up with much empathy this time. I’ll leave that to Soulforce:
It’s unconscionable that so many, like Rev. Latham, have never been told the truth that they can live with dignity and express their God-given sexuality in ways that are open, honest, loving, and life-affirming. Trapped by Southern Baptist misinformation, many people of faith think their only option is to live a dark and secretive double-life. The SBC needs to be held accountable for causing this kind of needless suffering.