Thursday, 25 September 2008

Christian Voice: 20th century progress to blame for 21st century knife crime

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You have to love Stephen Green and his minions over at Christian Voice. They're like a very British version of the Westboro Baptist Church – God doesn't quite hate everything, but he's sure pissed off about a lot of things. If Christian Voice aren't out protesting Gay Sunday at London Zoo, or issuing mock apologies to Richard Dawkins, they're holding forth on the causes of Britain's social ills.

This week, Stephen has suddenly worked out what's behind knife crime:
"I have realised ... that the spate of knife and gun crime amongst the young has come just 40 years after the 1968 implementation of the Abortion Act 1967. In the Bible 40 years seems to speak of testing and judgment (Jonah 3:4). Much more evil was sown in the sixties as well, and I believe we are now reaping the results."
Fortunately for the party in government, Stephen was able to expand on this by placing an advertorial in parliamentary magazine The House, a copy of which was given to every delegate at the Labour Party conference. It turns out knife crime is not just the fault of abortion. It's also down to divorce, teenage sex, female employment, the abolition of the death penalty, Gay Pride and the repeal of the blasphemy law ("A nation which has just legislated that Christ may be blasphemed is not one which can expect to enjoy His blessing").

On a more serious note, in some of his less rabid words (there aren't many) Green seems to take the line a lot of commentators have been taking (minus the wrath of God angle), namely that absent fathers and the breakdown of the "traditional" family are to blame for knife crime. It's a view feminist writer Elizabeth Wilson challenges in our current issue – have a read.


Bob said...

Can we stop referring to it as "Christian Voice" and just start thinking of it as "Stephen Green's voice".

I don't mean because he can't represent all Christians or anything as nuanced as that - I just mean that it literally is pretty much just all him. I don't believe there really are many "minions" - except the demons in his head.