Christian Voice Director Escapes Prosecution over Anti-Gay Literature

By Reporter, Terry KirChief | The Independent (London, England), September 29, 2006 | Go to article overview
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Christian Voice Director Escapes Prosecution over Anti-Gay Literature


Reporter, Terry KirChief, The Independent (London, England)


For some, he is a much-needed voice against an increasingly Godless society, representing the views of a significant but largely silent section of the population.

But for a great many others, Stephen Green, the director of Christian Voice, is a solitary individual, unrepresentative of wider opinion and only given prominence by the willingness of the media to offer him a platform.

Yesterday, Mr Green was in the public eye once again, after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute him for breaching public order at a gay festival in Cardiff this month, when he handed out leaflets quoting the Bible as saying same-sex sex was a sin.

Charges against Mr Green, 54, who lives in Carmarthenshire, of using threatening behaviour or insulting words, or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, were dropped at a pre-trial hearing in Cardiff because of insufficient evidence.

Mr Green responded by calling the Minorities Support Unit officer who arrested him a "pompous ass" from a "politically correct" unit and threatening to sue the police.

It is such battles that Mr Green relishes - they give him the opportunity to expound his uncompromising views, which include opposition to abortion, which he likens to the Holocaust, and homosexuality, the subject of his lengthy book, The Sexual Dead End.

"We live in Godless society, in which secular humanism has won over residual Christianity," he said.

After many years as a fringe figure - most notably with the Conservative Family Campaign - Mr Green, a builder by trade, became full-time chairman of Christian Voice three years ago. Born in south London and raised as an Anglican, he says he is no longer a Conservative or an Anglican and now lives in west Wales, where he is a member of the local Pentecostal church.

He came to prominence early last year when he campaigned against the BBC's decision to broadcast the multi-award winning "Jerry Springer - The Opera".

Although his group is believed to have only a few hundred members - he will not say how many - they bombarded the BBC with letters and e-mails and placed the home addresses of senior executives on their website, causing a number to receive death threats.

Subsequent campaigns and protests restricted a provincial tour of the show.

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