Thursday, 23 October 2008

Vintage Stephen Green

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Time for just a quick morning post while we continue finishing the next issue of New Humanist, and where better to seek out some quick material than the words of Stephen Green. He thinks we should bring back the death penalty and, surprise surprise, he definitely thinks we should bring it back for Anthony Morley, the chef who has just been given a life sentence for murdering and eating parts of his gay lover. Here, in all its glory, is Stephen's reasoning:
"In the Christian understanding, upon which our laws are or should be based, the death penalty was given to mankind for perpetuity under God's covenant with Noah. That covenant was sealed with the sign of the rainbow (Genesis 9:12-13). I don't like the idea of putting a man to death any more than the worst humanistically-minded liberal. But the other day I saw a glorious rainbow and it reminded me that God's institution of the nation state and of true justice is still in force. We need to remember that putting a properly-convicted murderer to death is a righteous act, not something to be ashamed of."
Stephen's been busy recently – he had a go at the Atheist Bus Campaign, thinks Andrew Lloyd Webber isn't making an Any Dream Will Do-style talent show for Jesus Christ Superstar because he's scared of Christian Voice, and thinks that sex education for Scouts means leaders are grooming them for sex.

We're waiting to hear what he thinks of our Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People shows – if you're reading Stephen, you in part inspired Robin Ince to organise them when you wound him up on ITV last year. So thanks for that.


DavidMWW said...

I'm glad Green occasionally gets called by the BBC to give a "Christian perspective". He's acts as a kind of warning, the same way those anti-drug posters in the 80s showed horrible photos of junkies. This is your brain on Christianity.

And let's not forget the important role he played in getting the UK's blasphemy law abolished.

He deserves to be honoured in some way.

AT said...

I'm not sure Green is an accurate representation of Christianity, to be fair. The guy is a nut case. It's kind of like saying the Westboro Baptist Church is representative of extended families.

davidMWW said...

I agree that Green isn't representative of your average Christian. But neither were those scabby-faced junkies on the posters representative of your average recreational drug user.

Stephen Green looked at a rainbow and concluded that capital punishment is good. This kind of bible-fueled dementia needs to be widely publicised.

Think of the children!