Friday, January 06, 2006

Pastor Pusillanimously Protests Purported Police Penis Provocation

From Channel Oklahoma:

OKLAHOMA CITY -- 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...

...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...

...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."

...When he left jail, he said: "I was set up. I was in the area pastoring to police."

Oh, he was pastoring, alright.

Let me just say up front that I kinda feel bad for this fella. Kinda. Given that he's a Baptist, I'm assuming he's married, and this won't be easy on the wife n' chilluns. He can tell his wife he was "pastoring" all he likes, and she may publically appear to support him, but behind closed doors it's gonna get ugly.

On the other hand this guy is a raging hypocrite.

He's telling loving, monogamy-minded homosexual couples that they cannot marry, and that their lifestyle is sinful and destructive, and then going out to have illicit, adulterous gay sex with strange men while his (assumedly existent) wife and children sit at home, awaiting the wonderful diseases with which he will return.

I usually don't consider people's private lives fair game for public commentary, so perhaps there's a bit of the pot and kettle in this, but when a man's private life so thoroughly contradicts his public persona, and when his public persona involves judging others on the way they live their lives, then I think it's Rabbit Season. Or Duck Season.



At 1:38 AM, Anonymous Tanj said...

Great post. I tend to agree.

It's so difficult to decifer media news when a reporter says one thing and then personally goes gainst the grain hoping his actions fall under the radar.

We need backbone in the media. Something like this is who I am and this is why I can honestly report on this story.

Until we get THAT... we have blogs like yours.

At 1:59 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

Well, thanks, Tanj. Bravo to you to.

May felicitous beneficence follow you everywhere. Except, perhaps, to "Screw Beneficence," Illinois, where them folks don't take kindly to felicity (much les beneficence)a'tall.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Okay, here's a question. Suppose someone thought that porn was a very, very bad thing, "sinful and destructive". If that person were to be addicted to porn and hiding it because they were ashamed would that make them a hypocrite? If so then I was a hypocrite for years and it took very bad things to happen before I finally got some help with it.

I think a person can think something is bad in fact know something is bad and do that thing without neccesarilly being a hypocrite. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to excuse his behavior. This man got caught with his pants down (almost). He caused his family a lot of pain and deserves the consequences of his action.

You'd be surprised (or maybe not) at the number of religious men whi struggle with an "unhealthy" sexuality. I read a book on the subject that indicated that a lot of men enter the priesthood/pastorate hoping that it will "cure" them of behavior they believe to be bad. Of course it doesn't and then something like this happens. Open fire on him all you like but recognize that this man has probably got some serious issues. I doubt he was gloating about getting away with it.

At 10:48 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

If you've urged other people to give up their Sinful, destructive urges because they are against God and worked to prevent the acquisition pf equal rights for those people while maintaining a secret, deceptive lifestyle that subverts your own moral rhetoric?

That's basically the definition of a hypocrite.

I feel for you, Cap. Everyone, myself included, has troubles that they go through. Religion is helpful to a lot of people in getting over and through the rough spots. But when a man casts judgement on a group of people for behaving the way he behaves, I find that despicable. I think, mostly, because my religion (and my philosophical beliefs)tend toward a belief in "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

If it were a hypocrisy that affected only his family then this wouldn't be worthy of comment. But the fact that he's actively opposed gay marriage as a mouthpiece claiming to speak the word of God makes his actions reprehensible to me.

How dare he judge gay people as unworthy of marriage when he's sneaking around being - however momentarily - gay?

Read my pot again, please, and see that I say, right up front, that I feel kind of bad for him. I mean that.

But the fact is that it's people like this man that are creating the very air of intolerance that in turn creates his own issues. It's a self-flagellating circle of certain enormous proportions.

So, while I have sympathy for him, and I do not judge him for his privately decided actions, I do hold him somewhat responsible for taking his own issues with his feelings and projecting them onto the gay marriage debate.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Well I don't know that he's so much projecting his feelings onto others, but rather interpreting the Bible to indicate that homosexuality is a sin, a stance I happen to agree with. And it would be a sin wether I was a practicing homosexual or not. Heck I believe that lying is a sin, disrespecting your parents is a sin, disobedience to God in any way is a sin. Yet I have done all of these things. Am I a hypocrite? No. If believing that an action is a sin makes someone intolerant then I cop to that. Jesus was pretty darn intolerant too.

I don't think that the sin factor should be the metric for our country to decide on wether or not something should be illegal though. On that this man and I disagree. If that were the case then it should be illegal to work on Saturday (or Sunday), illegal to worship any god, illegal to bear false witness, etc.

Should you judge people? That's a tricky question. You shouldn't set yourself as superior over anyone else. That kind of judgment is wrong and is the kind I believe the religious right engages in. Can you call a sin a sin, even if you yourself struggle with it? Yes. I don't think that's judgment. If you struggle with something (as I do) then you shouldn't condemn the otehr folk that do, but rather help them come out of that pattern. Of course Christians that have done that have some under fire from teh gay community and others, so it's a no win situation.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

"You shouldn't set yourself as superior over anyone else. That kind of judgment is wrong and is the kind I believe the religious right engages in." -The Captain

Well...excuuuuuse me, Captain. What if I am superior? Shall I ignore the Almighty's entreaties to spread my glory far and wide so as to not offend your parochial sensibilities? I say to thee, nay. And nay, again, sir!

The world shall know me and my glory, and the ladies of the world shall know me in the biblical sense. If you know what I mean.

And I shall set myself as superior above all else. And I will look down upon thee with my upturned nose and grimace at your common visage.

And women will bring me buffalo wings and burritos. And I will smile. And all will be good.

At 12:29 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Well if you're superior then you'd be homo superior, you...homo.

(BTW - Would your followers get free wings, cause I'd totally follow you.)

At 2:38 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

I understand what you're saying. And despite my claims of "Judge not," in a sense, that's what I'm doing.

Still, this is like someone advocating for the denial of interracial marriage as he's seeing black hookers, no?

I just find that infuriating, personally. "Do as I say, not as I do."

At 2:38 PM, Blogger codemorse said...


This is your future plan? I'd been under the impression that you'd already ascended to godhood on a throne of spoilt virgins and flowing mead.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

"Still, this is like someone advocating for the denial of interracial marriage as he's seeing black hookers, no?"

Yeah I think it's pretty much like that, but of course that wouldn't invalidate his argument.

"I just find that infuriating, personally. "Do as I say, not as I do.""

Hope you never have kids then because you'll say that a lot. ;-)

At 3:40 PM, Blogger Jabawacefti said...

Codemorse procreating? Hide your daughters.


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