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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Priceless

Bail for being charged with soliciting sex: $500.

A citation for lewdness: $2,500.

Exposing another hypocrite who bashes gay people in the name of
religion while seeking gay sex on the down-low: PRICELESS.

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<bold>OKLAHOMA CITY -- </bold>An executive committee member of the
Southern Baptist Convention was arrested on a lewdness charge for
propositioning a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel, police said.

Lonnie Latham, senior pastor at South Tulsa Baptist Church, was booked
into Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of
offering to engage in an act of lewdness, police Capt. Jeffrey Becker
said. Latham was released on $500 bail Wednesday afternoon.

Latham, who has spoken out against homosexuality, asked the officer to
join him in his hotel room for oral sex. Latham was arrested and his
2005 Mercedes automobile was impounded, Becker said.

Calls to Latham at his church were not immediately returned Wednesday.

When he left jail, he told Oklahoma City television station KFOR:

"I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

The arrest took place in the parking lot of the Habana Inn, which is
in an area where the public has complained about male prostitutes
flagging down cars, Becker said. The plainclothes officers was
investigating these complaints.

The lewdness charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a
$2,500 fine.

Latham is one of four Southern Baptist Convention executive committee
members from Oklahoma.

He spoke out last year against a measure, ultimately approved by
voters, to expand tribal gaming.

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."'

The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation's largest Protestant
denomination.</fontfamily>

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