Opinionated homophobic Christian Voice head honcho Stephen ‘Birdshit’ Green, who is famous for the attempted banning of Jerry Springer: The Opera, being instrumental in the repeal of the UK’s 140 year old blasphemy law, and for being shat on by an irate seagull while invoking his Imaginary Friend on Channel 4′s Dispatches programme, is a wife beating child abuser.
Who knew? A fundamentalist Xtian with skeletons in his mobile home? Surely not…
His ex-wife Caroline gave an in depth interview on their personal life in a Daily Mail article (here – although its pains me to quote from this bastion of hysterical journalism) detailing his descent into mental instability as his religious extremism grew and grew, and outlined his abusive behaviour towards her and their male children. They list on her behalf a catalogue of physical and mental abuses which, if made public earlier would surely have seen his children taken into care.
The details are covered expertly as always by Richard Bartholomew on his excellent Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion blog here, so I won’t go into detail about them here. Richard’s blog also links to John Walkers Electronic House (here – The Daily Mail And Stephen Green: A Torrid Romance) details the Daily Mail’s contradictory relationship with Stephen Green – their ‘go to’ source for a dose of fundamentalist crazy.
So where does this leave Green and Xtian Voice?
Obviously Mr Green is further discredited, his protestations of moral authority based on his Biblically inspired outlook appear to be even more out of touch with reality, if that were possible. I’m no legal expert, but I for one would like to see him pay for his crimes in a court of law.
The problem for the organisation is that Stephen Green IS Xtian Voice. He started it, he runs it, he is the originator and mouth piece for their (his) vile homophobic rantings. He seems to be the self appointed moral critic of society, a kind of modern Mary Whitehouse on steroids.
Given Stephen’s demonstrated hypocrasy with regard to his public protestations and his home life, it makes me wonder about his extreme homophobic views (in 2009, Green called for gay people and adulterers to be executed, and commended efforts in this direction being made in Uganda) and the lengths to which he goes to air them in public in the UK media and internationally by means of his homophobic treatise The Sexual Dead End (incidentally cited by such luminaries as creation scientist Dr Grady S McMurtry on his web pages on Homosexuality) the scientific psychological research of Dr Henry E Adams of the University of Georgia showing that 80% of homophobes have suppressed homosexual tendencies becomes extremely relevant.
“Research by an acclaimed US psychologist suggests that 80 per cent of men who are homophobic have secret homosexual feelings.
This finding lends scientific support to the long-standing speculation that those who shout the loudest against homosexuality have something to hide.
The research results were published in the prestigious Journal of Abnormal Psychology, with the backing of the American Psychological Association.
In tests conducted by Prof. Henry E Adams of the University of Georgia, homophobic men who said they were exclusively heterosexual were shown gay sex videos.
Four out of five became sexually aroused by the homoerotic imagery, as recorded by a plethysmograph . . . a calibrated band fitted around the penis, which measures any enlargement.
Prof. Adams says his research shows that most homophobes “demonstrate significant sexual arousal to homosexual erotic stimuli” suggesting that homophobia is a form of “latent homosexuality where persons are either unaware of – or deny – their homosexual urges”.
Progressive schools of psychoanalysis have long theorised that homophobic prejudice involves the projection of fear and disgust concerning one’s own homosexuality onto others. Those who cannot accept their same-sex desires, so the theory goes, vent their self-loathing through attacks on other people’s homosexuality.
This homophobic defence mechanism is also often a bizarre form of over-compensation: maladjusted lesbians and gay men who feel guilty about their homosexuality become stridently anti-gay as a way of compensating emotionally for their self-shame.
In some cases, ostentatious homophobia is a deliberate ploy to deflect suspicions and rumours of homosexuality.
This ruse is based on the assumption that if someone acts homophobic other people will be less inclined to believe they are gay. Not any more, thanks to Prof. Adams.
So in conclusion a quote from Hamlet Act III, Scene II:-
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”