An anti-gay Michigan pastor has been forced to resign this week after gay news site Queerty published images of his Grindr profile.
Rev. Matthew Makela, a Lutheran pastor in Midland, Michigan, with a long-standing and documented opposition to homosexuality, was outed by the website who discovered that he was an active user of hook-up app Grindr.
An investigation by the site – instigated following a tip-off from an anonymous Grindr user – revealed the extent of the pastor’s hypocrisy. In one online posting from November 2014, Makela compared same-sex attraction to alcoholism. “We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it,” he posted in response to an opinion piece by fellow Midland pastor, Pastor Dan Dickerson. “We try to help him in his struggle.” The comment has since been removed.
Queerty also posted a screen grab of comments Makela made about transgender people in the wake of a story about a trans woman using the ladies’ facilities while working out at a Midland gym.
Makela’s resignation came one day ahead of the publication of Queerty’s expose and was announced in an open letter to the congregation. His Facebook account, along with that of the Church’s, have been deactivated, “in an attempt to remove the opportunity for malicious posters to have access to St. John’s members,” said the letter by Senior Pastor of St. John’s, Reverend Daniel Kempin.
Queerty’s Dan Tracer defended the site’s decision to run the story.“His community also deserves to know,” Tracer wrote. “If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s ‘Christ-based’ elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.”
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