Christian threats halt Cardiff book signing
Oh dear. More lily-livered capitulation in Cardiff, where a phone call from Stephen “Bird Shit” Green caused the local Waterstone’s book shop to cancel a book launch by Welsh poet Patrick Jones.
“Darkness is Where the Stars Are”, the poet’s 9th published work, was deemed “obscene and blasphemous” by Stephen Green, therefore the Cardiff Hayes branch of Waterstone’s decided that it was best to “avoid potential disruption to our store”. Jones went along and signed books outside the shop anyway.
This is a triumph for the Lord, not for us.
The Lord had not even showed me what we should do at Waterstones, only that it should be Christlike
“Christlike”? It is a sure indicator of Green’s mental state when he believes that Jesus Christ would make intimidatory phonecalls to bookshops.
Nor was I even praying for the event be cancelled. But I now know many were, and their prayers have been answered, by a mighty God. We have not even had to go down to the battleground, let alone fight (2Chr 20:17). Just the knowledge that we were on our way has put the fear of God into the opposition
No, not the fear of God. The fear of violence.
But the fact is, we were prepared to go and do something, and it is that which I believe caused Almighty God to take our prayers seriously and perform a miracle.
Sweet fucking Jesus. He makes a threatening phone call and calls the resulting panic a miracle.
Perhaps surprisingly, Waterstones have not yet caved in to his demands to stop selling the book. But Green is working on it.
Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society thinks the time has come for the police to get involved.
Stephen Green is becoming a real threat to artistic freedom. It seems a mere phone call from him threatening some kind of demonstration can cause a bookshop to capitulate to his demands and cancel an artistic event. His increasingly bullying behaviour needs to be challenged by the police. We simply cannot allow this man to dictate what can and cannot be said by artists. It is really up to the authorities to protect artists and their promoters from such intimidation.
Not sure whether it is up to the police, or the men in white coats.
If you want to let Waterstone’s know what you think, these contact details are kindly provided on the CV website:
Waterstones Managing Director, Gerry Johnson, on 020 8742 3800 or email:
Mr Johnson’s boss, Simon Fox of HMV, is on 020 7432 2000
Another email address to try:
UPDATE: (14 Nov) The NSS Newsline reports that
a member two members of the Welsh assembly, Lorraine Barret and Peter Black, have invited Patrick Jones to read his poetry at the Senedd. From a signing in a city bookshop to a reading in the seat of the national government of Wales, all in the space of a couple of days. Doesn’t Stephen Green/God work in mysterious ways?
UPDATE: (16 Nov) The Western Mail carries a nice anti-Green editorial.