Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Probably Not a Bad Idea

From Canada.com:

The co-director of the Christian Peacemakers Teams says the family of freed Christian peace activist James Loney kept his sexual orientation quiet out of fear for his safety.

Doug Pritchard says the family feared Loney might come to harm at the hands of his Iraqi captors had they known he was gay. Pritchard says it likely wouldn’t have helped if Loney’s partner, Dan Hunt, had come forward with public pleas for his release.

Hunt made his first public appearance since Loney’s ordeal began last November when he greeted his partner Sunday at the airport.

Loney arrived in Toronto after he and two other peace activists were rescued by coalition soldiers in Iraq.

The 41-year-old Loney was kidnapped in Baghdad along with fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, Briton Norm Kember and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month.

Not only might Mr. Loney have come to harm at the hands of his captors, the Religious Reich wouldn’t have been too happy to find out that a gay Christian was working in Iraq, either. It goes against every tenet of their creed that a gay man would give of himself for others and risk his life to do something altruistic. Remember, according to them, queers are selfish hedonists who care about nothing but their own gratification. Mr. Loney represents a real threat to the image of Christianity — as they see it — and to have him over there… well, it really screws things up.