A Minneapolis preacher Tom Brock railed against homosexuality in his sermons. He was attending a 12 step program that helps people deal with same sex attraction. His involvement in the program was revealed by a local gay magazine. The pastor was on leave from his church, Hope Lutheran. Lavender Magazine sent a reporter to sign up to be a part of the group, and monitor Brock’s involvement. They did not reveal anything Brock said during the sessions. When the story broke many in the gay and lesbian community applauded the outing of a hypocrite, but many are questioning the ethics of the reporting. “Many Lavender Web site commentators applauded the story. But among the critics was an unidentified advertiser who wrote she would pull her ads, because “12 step programs, regardless of what is at issue or who attends, are sacred.” National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association board member Michael R. Triplett blogged that the ethics of the reporting were “suspect.” Stephen Rocheford, the president of Lavender said it is not the policy of the magazine to out anyone. However there is one exception according to Rocheford and that is if a “public figure who makes public pronouncements against the gay community and is in fact a homosexual,” he said, noting that this was the only time he had invoked that exception.” Rocheford does not recognize Courage as a legitimate 12-step program. Rocheford said, “I don’t consider it a legitimate 12-step group. Those are there to help people with addictions and since when is homosexuality an addiction?” Is this real investigative journalism or is this a violation of privacy? Tell me what you think?
*New York Times