Fired up by the recent publicity he’s been getting, manly Christian Stephen Green has decided expand his intimidation campaign from TV producers and cancer charities to include the staff at abortion clinics and the women who use them.
From today’s Times:
“The taking of innocent blood brings judgment on our land and cries to Heaven for vengeance,” he said. “The presence of abortion centres in our towns is iniquitous. They should be shut down. It would not take much: just a few prayer vigils outside clinics.”
This is disturbing. It is suspected the Christian Voice has links with extremist groups in America, and it has already worked together with fellow fundamentalists The UK Life League in its anti JS:TO campaign. (See this month’s Esquire for a short feature on one if the UKLL’s leading lights – thanks, Peter).
Meanwhile, as predicted, anyone taking the trouble to express their concern directly to Stephen Green only succeeds in further convincing him of his own righteousness:
With all the hate mail I have been getting, I am obviously rattling Satan’s cage.
UPDATE: various editorials in the Sunday papers, all condemnatory. Magnus Linklater in the Scotsman draws parallels with US extremists and says CV “deserve to be shouted down at every opportunity”. Iain S Bruce writes a thorough analysis in the Sunday Herald drawing together various groups such at CV, MediaWatch-UK, The Christian Institute, and Mediamarch. There is also a rather feeble piece by Katie Grant in the Sunday Times – Scotland which I include just for reference.
Final words from Stephen Green (quoted from the Herald article):
People seem to want us to stay silent. They think we should remain quiet and stay in our box, but let me assure you that we will not be silenced now or at any point in the future… Jerry Springer is just one issue, and believe me when I say that we are ready to fight on plenty of others. We will be watching and waiting – and the Lord will lead us.
UPDATE: Stephen Green claims in the February newsletter that the Times misreported his views, and CV has no plans to target abortion clinics in the near future, although if his deity “moved” supporters to do so it would be a good thing.