The Lady Speaks


Pretend a loved one has been kidnapped in Iraq. Feel the terror, the pain, the dread.

Now, pretend that while this is happening, during this period of unspeakable fear, you are not allowed to speak, you are not allowed to add your voice to those calling for the release of that person. You are not allowed to be seen on camera or identified. Your existence cannot even be acknowledged by your loved one's family, friends, and collegues. Imagine that a collegue of your loved one is found, shot to death by the same captors who hold your loved one prisoner.

What mental anguish do you suffer? What nightmares keep you from sleeping? What horrors fill your mind?

Dan Hunt doesn't have to imagine it, doesn't have to pretend. He knows first-hand the helpless feeling of being unable to do or say anything for fear of causing the immediate death of his loved one.

Dan Hunt is the partner of Christian Peacemaker James Loney.

While Loney was being held captive in Iraq with other members of his team, Dan Hunt was forced to stay silent and invisible out of well-founded fears that James' Iraqi captors would discover he was gay and execute him.

From the Associated Press:

During his four months of captivity, James Loney’s sexuality was kept out of the media at the request of his family, said Doug Pritchard, co-director of the aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams.

“It’s a sad fact that around the world gays and lesbians are more vulnerable to attack than straights,” Pritchard said. “When Jim was already in a vulnerable position we didn’t, nor did his family, want him exposed to further danger.


March 28, 2006 - Posted by | Christianity, Gay Rights, Politics

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