BBC2's 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 filth'
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
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
Green argues that this prophecy is coming to pass in Britain.
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
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
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
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 United
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?
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.