Son of Dallas Homophobic Chuch Pastor Arrested in Police Sex Sting

jakes1Talk about timely. We asked you this morning if gay sex stings are inherently homophobic and now, news is coming out of Dallas that Jermaine Donnell Jakes, the 29 year old son of T.D. Jakes of Potter’s House, a homophobic megachurch pastor who has declared homosexuality “brokenness” and declared that he would never hire a sexually active gay person” was arrested for publicly exposing himself to police officers in a a gay sex sting in Dallas’ Kiest Park.

The Dallas Voice writes about the January 3rd arrest

According to an arrest affidavit, the detectives were conducting an investigation into citizen complaints of sexual activity when they observed Jakes and several other unknown males park their vehicles in the lot east of the park at 2106 W. Kiest Blvd.

The detectives followed Jakes into a wooded area, where he approached them with his penis exposed through his unzipped pants, the affidavit states. Jakes masturbated for several seconds while making eye contact with one of the detectives.

Jakes made no attempt to conceal his penis despite people walking and jogging on a trail nearby, the affidavit states. According to court records, Jermaine Jakes listed his place of employment as T.D. Jakes Ministries. Jakes was released at the scene after being detained.

T.D. Jakes is the founder of the Potters House, a 30,000-member church in South Dallas. A vocal opponent of same-sex marriage, he’s been criticized by HIV/AIDS activists for undermining prevention of the disease by stigmatizing homosexuality and drug use.

On same-sex marriage, Jakes once told USA Today: “To date, I have not seen scriptural authority that allows me to stand on behalf of God and say I now pronounce you husband and husband, and wife and wife. This is an issue the government is undecided about. The Bible is not.”

Jermaine Jakes’ attorney, Faith Johnson, issued a written statement this week.
“We are aware of potential allegations involving Jermaine Jakes and are undertaking our own investigation of these allegations at this time,” the statement said. “Given an apparent government investigation, we have no further comment at this time.”

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  • Nick


  • RichardR

    Well, but is the bible “decided” about walking around with your penis hanging out of your pants?

  • Paul Raposo

    a 30,000-member church in South Dallas

    Thirty thousand? Seriously? What kind of money is that man taking in every year?

    As far as Jermaine, there’s a lot of sadness in that picture.

  • Tyler

    That’s fucking amazing. I mean, I feel bad for the guy who got busted, but you know what? Not really, cause you know he wasn’t out. I mean, if you’re out and honest with yourself you don’t need to go to public places to get sex. (Barring those who just get off on the whole voyeurism thing) I live in Dallas and honestly want to go to this church day after tomorrow and sit in those pews and just hear what this asshole has to say about his son. You know he won’t address it directly, it will be blamed on drugs, sexual abuse as a child, some such shit.

    Just Desserts

  • ConservativeRepublican


    Eh, I still feel bad for the son. No, he’s not out, but having this kind of a man as a father can’t be easy. Granted, he’s 29, but still, I feel bad that this coming out had to be in this fashion.

    However, I don’t feel one bit sorry for the father himself. He deserves every bit of gossip that is no doubt flying around the congregation right now. If you teach and preach that homosexuality is bad and that homosexuals recruit kids and blah, blah, blah, then people are certainly going to ask questions when it’s revealed that your own son is gay. Priceless.

  • Timmeeeyyy

    The arrest took place at 10 pm, and we’re supposed to believe there are people walking and jogging around? I don’t really care who his daddy is. Police are targeting gay sex. When was the last time you heard about arrests being made from straight people having sex in a car? They get caught all the time and police just tell them to move on.

  • Charles J. Mueller

    I have only one word for people like this, and I will keep repeating it over and over and over.

    Hypocrites. Hypocrites. Hypocrites.

    The more we hear of similar such stories, the more apparent it becomes how damaging religious anti-sex and anti-gay rhetoric and lies are to all human beings, their own offspring being no exception.

    People like T.D. Jakes, the founder of the Potters House, create the unique environment that breeds the need for people to live double-lives because they are denied their fundamental human right to love whomever they choose. And sadly, as we are coming to learn, it is the very Bible-Bangers themselves who vent so virulently against the LGBT community, that are the same ones who, out of denial of their own repressed sexuality, are the ones who molest altar boys and who wind up seeking sex in the Minneapolis Airport, like the disgraced Senator Craig and Reverend Haggard who paid a male sex-worker to indulge his closeted sexual needs…and all while maintaining their straightness.

    Like people who would not say the shit if they had a mouthful, these deluded, damaged goods would not admit to being cock suckers (and I am not saying that in a disdainful way) if they had a mouthful.

    I am not a carpet-muncher or a beaver-eater, but I sure as hell do not have a problem with anyone who is. To each his own, I say. As the popular expression goes, different strokes for different folks. If I have never lost a night’s sleep worrying about what my neighbors, friends and relatives do for sexual kicks, so I just don’t understand why these religious whack-jobs are so hung-up on sex, especially gay sex.

    I am not saying that I approve of public sex, mind you, but perhaps the problem is that people like this are so jealous over anyone else enjoying their bodies and the pleasures associated with having one, that they just can’t stand it when anyone else is having so much fun, while they suffer their own, self-induced deprivation?

    Just sayin’.

  • hardmannyc


  • Tom

    You know the only thing that would make this better? If he was the son of Fred Phelps and not TD Jakes.

  • Sebbe

    He’s totally gonna pull a Ted Haggart.

  • daVid

    I think its fucking sad. This is the SON of the homophobic pastor, not the pastor himself.

    Of course living in that environment, he has to be on the down low. And don’t think this will teach TD Jakes a lesson – he’s not going to suddenly become gay supportive due to this. Quite the contrary, he’ll probably disown his own son.

  • alan brickman

    I feel sorry for the son and so should you….bad parenting acounts for his shame..for sure!!

  • Charles J. Mueller

    This thoughtful commentary from Rod Dreber, Conservative politics and religon editor of Crunchy Con at “beliefnet”

    Given that we are in a free fall depression that is presenting us with extraordinary buying opportunities like the last depression in ’29 did, and given that Reverend Faggard still remains “unrestored” in February of 2009, perhaps we can pick him up as damaged goods at 5 cents on the dollar?

    But, wait…who would want him even at that bargain price? He’s not even “restorable.”

    Fuck it. Toss him back in the damaged goods basket where he belongs.

  • Nelson G.


    I respectfully disagree. When you have people who preach and lobby against taking away the rights of another class of people, that pretty much disqualifies them of their own. The notion that his family is off limits or that we give special consideration to “the preacher’s kid” is pretty much null and void.

  • rick

    all the right wing whackos have gay kids.

  • Charles J. Mueller


    “all the right wing whackos have gay kids.”

    It’s God’s way of leveling the playing field. ;-)

  • vernonvanderbilt

    To paraphrase the immortal P-Funk…Jermaine’s got a little bit of bitch in him.

    Tee hee.

    As far as this thing about the right wingers all seeming to end up with lots of queer children, I have a wild, half-cooked theory on that.

    See, humans are a funny species. The more we try to avoid something, the more we end up wanting it. The dieter sees the cheesecake. The cheesecake is no more. Abstinence breeds compulsion. If you repeatedly tell yourself that you cannot have what you so desperately crave, eventually you are going to cave and go overboard.

    These people spend their whole lives being told that their biological imperatives are wrong, unnatural, sinful, etc. That doesn’t take them away, of course. Eventually, it all becomes too much and they succumb to temptation, often in incredibly stupid ways, such as, I don’t know, getting busy in a public park?

    If you deny your urges, they will come back to bite you sooner or later. Better to indulge responsibly and avoid any unnecessary scandal.

  • Amber LeMay

    This happened six weeks ago?

  • mb00

    @ConservativeRepublican: I agree with you 100%
    I do feel bad for the son. I really, truly must be incredibly difficult to grow up with a father like his.
    I couldn’t imagine how much harder (no pun intended) it must be for him, say, for someone like me who’s parents love and support completely.
    As for the father, maybe he’ll drop dead from this and we’ll never have to hear from him again.

  • Mister C

    And we’re suppose to celebrate this madness? it’s sad. But from some folks I know that knows this family he was known to be Gay to the parents. He made a very stupid decision in doing this.

  • ConservativeRepublican

    @Mister C:

    Please clarify what you mean by ‘this madness’. What do you think people are celebrating?

  • JJJJ

    I wouldn’t call that Rev. Jakes a Right-Winger. He’s more Left-Wing. But he’s a major homophobe. (And one of Obama’s biggest supporters).

  • hardmannyc

    “he’ll probably disown his own son.”

    Boo-fucking-hoo. Best thing that could ever happen to the kid. He’ll end up being adopted by the gay movement like Keyes’ daughter, get scholarships, get on TV, become fabulous, lose the fat (because he won’t be self-hating), find a trophy boyfriend.

  • Sebbe

    @JJJJ – I wouldn’t call him left-wing, I’m not sure what you define as left-wing? But, as a political ideology he certainly does not fit the bill.

    Just because someone is a supporter of Obama does NOT make them left-wing.

    Apparently he is an advocate of “prosperity theology”, which is by definition “un” left-wing.

  • Sebbe

    Of course what many Americans describe as “left-wing” is really the center in most advanced democracies around the world.

  • sparkle obama

    you are living in a fantasy world!

  • Mister C

    Sebbe, You need not respond to JJJJ their coments are mostly always racially motivated. Just let her blow off the hot steam and then you breathe and exhale her.

  • Sebbe

    @Mister C – thanks, and taking a deep breath is always a good idea.

  • JJJJ

    How was that racially motivated? I myself voted for Obama. My point was that it’s not just Republicans who are homophobes.

  • Mister C

    OK JJJJ,

    Apologies, If that is what you meant. But we’ve been commenting on here for a minute and you have been known to say things racially motivated.

    And HOMOPHOBIA isn’t just with Rushpublicans and with Dems and Independants as well.

  • JJJJ

    I get what you’re saying Mr. C. In this story I really see race as irrelevant though. My only argument was with everybody trying to categorize the Reverend as a Conservative, as if life is all simple and cut and dry.

  • Texas Homo

    His attorney’s are “conducting an investigation”??? What the hell does that mean???….sounds like a very detailed report of the closet case Jakes activities.

    God please find some of the Houston SBC Baptist preachers and/or their children cruising in public somewhere soon! More hypocracy, now!

  • Greg

    I am somewhat taken aback by the comments about TD Jakes. His son is gay and exactly what does that have to do with him. I am sure that he didnt just find out and his stance has been what it is. We all make mistakes and this is his. Unlike many of you/us who are free to do what we want when we want,I am sure that living in the shadows of his dad, knowing that you have an attraction to men and also knowing that you have to keep your life secret because of the backlash that it could have on your family is hard. If I were to get caught doing the exact same thing, whose newspaper would it make. Its hard enough to live in a glass house if you choose it but even harder to do so if it has been chosen for you. This is his glass house not the Potters House, come on people get a grip.

  • Sebbe

    @Greg – While I have sympathy for him (to a degree), he is now a grown man and no longer forced to live in a glass house. Of course his experiences of his family have influenced him, but he is no longer an indentured servant to them and forced to live under their rules unless it is solely for economic prosperity. He is not the first and will not be the last gay to be forced to turn their back on their family after their family has turned their back on them.

  • Mr. K

    I cant believe some of the comments on this board for those who read the Bible God is clear on His stance of homosexuality, perversion, sexual immorality etc. We live in a world where right is wrong and wrong is right to each his own knock yourselves out make your own laws live the way you want to do what you want to just know that for every action there is a price to pay and an almighty God to judge you. In the day of judgement many will scream and cry they didnt know but they do know but are choosing to ignore Gods standard this does not only apply to sexual matters lying, murdering, stealing, gossiping, disceet,lovers of money, drunkards the list goes on. God says these kinds of people unless they repent and come to Christ will not see heaven believe it dont believe it that doesnt matter like the Bible also says it is once appointed to man to die that is a definite everyone born will die, the Bible also says after death judgement. The risk is everyones own to take I pray all would choose wisely God gave humans the power over life and death, that is to say, our own life and death. Salvation cannot be earned by “works” but at the same time, God will only grant the gift of eternal life to those who repent and are obedient to Him (2 Peter 3:7,11-14).

  • etseq

    @Mr. K: Oh piss of you bigot.

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