As well as being a very clever way to seem braver than your high street rivals, Borders' move is of course good news for free speech and we're pleased to be able to confirm that the launch is indeed going ahead at their Cardiff branch on Thursday evening. It is, however, a book launch with an added twist because, seemingly due to a fear of disturbances by Stephen Green and his army of Christian evangelists consisting of, well, pretty much just him, the invitations read as follows:
"Please note that in order to make sure that security for this event is not compromised and to ensure that the launch is a celebratory party, guests will only be admitted with a valid invitation and proof of ID – one invitation per guest. Please print the attached invitation and bring it with you. Borders retains the right to refuse or remove permission to attend this event."Green must be very proud of himself. And he's planning on causing some trouble at both this event and the readings at the Welsh Assembly, having sent this email, which I found on MediaWatchWatch, to his "supporters", which presumably means he emailed himself:
Hmm. All very underhand in a not-very-scary way. However, as usual with Green it's more laughable than anything else. My favourite bit? He doesn't want anyone to "bear false witness", but only because you need ID to get in.
We are holding a Christian witness outside Ty Hywel from 11.30am and we shall hold another outside Borders (The David Morgan Building, 14 The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AH) at 7.30pm. Both events are ticket only, but there is scope to apply for tickets by email. I am known, but you are probably not!
For the Assembly event, email: Helenemail@example.com Say how much you would like an invitaton to the event, but don’t say you wish to protest! For the Borders event, email Patrick Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org
Say whatever is needed to get alongside and get a ticket without bearing false witness. You cannot give a false name for either event as ID will be required.
So Onward, Christian soldiers, Stand up, stand up for Jesus! If you are successful in getting a ticket, let me know urgently, as this is a spiritual battle and tactics among those with tickets will need to be co-ordinated.