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Hostage's homosexuality kept under wraps

Freed Canadian hostage James Loney (front) rushes to greet friends as he is followed by his partner Dan Hunt (back), brother Matt, wearing glasses and sister-in-law Donna as he arrives at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada on Sunday March 26, 2006. (AP Photo/CP, Frank Gunn)

With the homo fatwa in place, why on earth would recently freed Christian peace activist James Loney have told his captors that he was queer? The sad truth is that his partner back in Canada was left out of the media pleas for his release, as he and Loney’s family knew that if this bit of business got out, none of them would likely see James again.

he 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.

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