Soulforce responds to the arrest of Southern Baptist Convention pastor Rev. Lonnie Latham:

Robyn MurphyRobyn Murphy, Director of Public Relations and Media, for Soulforce:

“Many people are attacking Rev. Latham for his hypocrisy, but instead we should be asking ‘what informs that hypocrisy’? The answer is the SBC’s vicious and non-stop campaign of defamation against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and same-gender families.”

Jamie McDaniel, a spokesperson for Soulforce who works to change the antigay policies of the SBC:

“It’s tragic 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.”

Rev. Mel White, founder of Soulforce:

“No one should have to come out via an undercover sting operation. That is its own evil. Until the Southern Baptist Convention ends their spiritual violence against gay and lesbian people, tragedies like this will continue.”

Blogger Pam Spaulding isn’t quite so compassionate. She has posted Latham’s letter of resignation along with excerpts of antigay smears posted about Latham at the social-conservative web site

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