"Hi thanks for email –In addition Patrick gave some examples of the poems he sent to various groups, including Christian Voice. If you want to read them, they're all on his homepage.
This email [which New Humanist received from Waterstones] is a rather pathetic attempt to get out of their decision to cancel the launch.
I sent a few emails to various groups about 10 days before the launch – to organisations, to religious groups – Christian Voice being one – with a few poems and asking for a debate – that is all– now for that to be seem as a provocation for violent threats etc by Christian Voice is beyond my understanding-
I always do this before – as I do not have a vast PR machine etc and I genuinely wanted to have this debate – now Christian Voice obviously went a stage further and decided to threaten the event and Waterstones cancelled-
nNow the difference between an email with poems that would already be in the book and what has followed is immense – Christian Voice is now threatening every single venue i am reading at!!!
The only other email I have ever sent was in march after a TV programme where he was so vitriolic and hate-filled to openly gay singer and actor Ian H Watkins.
So you make your choice
As I said, I was away all last week so have just been introduced to this story today, so very quickly here's my take. Can people please stop listening to Stephen Green. There's a good reason we refer to his organisation as Christian "Lone" Voice, and for anyone to treat it as a voice of Christianity is an insult to most Christians. Green is the closest thing this country seems to have to Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. Of course he's a very tame, very British version - no picketing funerals for him, but plenty of other picketing, usually based on his raging homophobia. Yet he gets quoted in the media all the time as "Stephen Green of Christian pressure group Christian Voice", including by the BBC who even invite him on to their radio stations to discuss things, as if he's actually representative of a significant body of opinion. And now Waterstones seem so convinced of his influence that they cancel event because of the man.
I'll say it again – the man is irrelevant and does not represent anything.