Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | December 09, 2015.
A few months ago, I was contacted by a man identifying himself as a gay pastor from an African country. The man sought emergency help. He was on the border between two countries; disoriented, terrified, had been without food for several days. We went into immediate action, receiving the help of a local member of the community, who was able to provide urgent safe shelter, food and medical attention.
I soon discovered what led to this situation. This man, who we shall call Pastor Mitchell, (*) was on the run after an assault and death threats, a direct result of an article in a news blog which had exposed his marriage to his same-sex partner.
Pastor Mitchel’s story was published on the news blog of The Other Sheep. The blog told the story of the wedding of Pastor Mitchel, to his same sex spouse. Personal and identifying factors, such as clear pictures, full names, where they were from, the name of his Church etc., was published for the world to see. This world, however, happens to include, not only interested LGBT people and prospective donors for The Other Sheep, but also the very purveyors of intolerance, hate and the obvious persecution that did indeed follow.