broadcast of Jerry Springer: the Opera met with large scale protest from nutters. This has been attributed to a group called Christian Voice. Its director, Stephen Green, tells the Guardian about his crusade to stop this 'tidal wave of
From The Guardian
Britain is a nation deep in sin , says Stephen Green, national director of
Christian Voice. Nobody can deny that the last 50 years of legislation have turned us away from the laws of God. We say that God knows best and if we go away from God we're going to bring judgment upon ourselves. What kind of judgment?
Read Deuteronomy 28 - that tells you.
Deuteronomy 28 says many things. Verse 17, for example, says that if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees, your
basket and your kneading trough will be cursed - not something that would compel many 21st- century sinners to adhere to the straight and narrow. Verse 20 is more to the point: if you fail to obey God's commands and decrees, it says, The Lord will
send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.
Green argues that this prophecy is coming to pass in Britain. If you start moving away from righteousness, evil flourishes. You can see that in the alienation of our societies, in terms of family breakdown and crime levels, drug taking, profligacy and perversion.
He says that Christian Voice was established a decade ago to "pray for national repentance". His website is blunter: The enemies of God are all having their say ... It's time to hear the Christian Voice.
The group may have
been little known had it not been for the campaign it mounted against the BBC's decision to screen Jerry Springer - The Opera . Hundreds of Christian protesters rallied outside the BBC before and during the broadcast. We got 1,500 people out
even though we don't have huge numbers of members. How many members do they have? We're bigger than David's band , but not as big as Biblical armies [1,000,000], says Green, gnomically.
Christian Voice's protest outside BBC
TV Centre was less contentious than Green's decision to publish personal details of BBC staff he believed responsible for the broadcast. Green's email to Christian Voice subscribers reportedly said: We make no apologies for giving their home addresses
and in as many cases as we can, their phone numbers ... We know normal protests are channelled in such a way as to be ignored. One result of this was that BBC staff and their families were threatened with violence and there were reports, later denied
by the corporation, that BBC2 controller Roly Keating had gone into hiding.
Yesterday Green was repentant. I have certain God-given gifts and it is a privilege to use them because we love our Lord and care for our fellow man. But it was naive
of us to expect when we posted the home addresses of the BBC staff that the site wouldn't only be visited by Christians. We regret that there have been threats. It brings no honour on the name of Jesus Christ.
But he insists that Christian
Voice is very much needed now. In past times the nation looked to political leaders for moral guidance. Not now. Our society is corrupt from the top down. Think of the Blair and Brown nonsense, or the Blunkett affair.
The group claims to
be independent of any religious denomination or political party, and not formally linked to other Christian groups that have also opposed the Springer broadcast, such as the Evangelical Alliance. That said, its political agenda is more akin to Bush's
Republican right than that of any major British party. Indeed, the group's website publishes a speech by John Ashcroft that the then attorney general designate gave in 1999, pointing out that America is unique among nations in having a godly and eternal
rather than a civic and temporal character. Clearly, Christian Voice wants Britain to be more like the America envisioned by Bush and his acolytes.
The website also complains that Britain has abolished the death penalty but legalised the
murder of children in the womb, enacted no-fault divorce on demand and forced mothers out to work, legalised trading on the Lord's day and instituted a national lottery, legalised pornography and homosexual acts and taught evil to our children in school,
and given away the Queen's sovereignty - owed to Almighty God alone - to the EU.
We reap the whirlwind: six million unborn children have died in just 35 years, 40% of births are now illegitimate, 56% of marriages end
in divorce, 29% of men are economically inactive and over a million children are in day care. There are two and a half times as many murders as 50 years ago, 45 times as much violent crime, 18 times as many rapes are reported, and crime rates generally
have increased tenfold. TV, radio, and the arts are awash with blasphemy, violence and perversion, while virtue is derided.
The spur for Christian Voice's establishment was Edwina Currie's 1994 amendment to reduce the
age of consent for gay sex to 16, the same as for heterosexual sex. Members of Christian Voice who pay the £20 annual subscription can receive email alerts to enable prayer and action to be targeted swiftly on events as they arise - which explains
the turnout on Saturday night.
Subscribers are asked to sign the following statement: We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, infallible, written Word of God to whose precepts, given for the good of nations and
individuals, all man's laws must submit. We believe all government to be under the authority of God and that its purpose is the maintenance of freedom and justice solely in accordance with Biblical principles. To uphold Christianity as the Faith of the
Green, 53, established Christian Voice in 1994. Since November 2003, the Lord has enabled me to go full time.
Did the show really upset him? Yes. I read critics beforehand, but it hardly prepared me for the
enormity of it when I saw it. The profanities were much worse than I had thought, and they were worse because the singing was so lovely.
Green says his lawyers are still to advise him on whether the group should bring a private blasphemy
prosecution against the BBC. Why doesn't he just ignore a show that, as he says, is morally vacuous? That's what Christians have been doing for the last 50 years. There will really be a tidal wave of filth if we don't bear
Christian witness against these things. So we will.