Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Christian Voice essay prize for kids

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It's time to lock up your children, people – Stephen "Lone Voice" Green is offering £300 of his own money as the prize pot for an essay competition for young people in Kent, in which they are asked to write on the subject of "Marriage and Family in the Bible":
"Your essay can have any title, so you can be as inventive as you wish, but you will need to show to the best of your ability how marriage and the family, based on the union of one man and one woman for life, were the plan of God from the beginning of time and backed up by Jesus Christ Himself.

Your best source for material will be what is written in Holy Scripture, in other words, in the Bible. But material from other sources which supports the Bible view is OK. For example, there is now a load of evidence of the benefits of the marriage-based man-woman family for parents, children and society from social science. If you wish, you can illustrate your entry."

So basically "write as many words as you want (there's apparently no limit) on why being gay is evil". This essay competition (which, in a move that shows that Green knows the lingo and is wholeheartedly down with the kids, is entitled "Kent Comp 4 Kids") is, of course, a response to the competition run by Kent police to promote tolerance and discourage homophobia, which you may remember so enraged Green a few weeks ago. As with everything Green touches, this is at once both slightly scary and extremely laughable. The idea of children falling victim to his obsessive homophobia is definitely worrying, but at least we can take comfort from the fact that it will probably receive about 12 entries, all from children of Green's meagre band of supporters (feel sorry for them, but at least we're not talking hundreds).

Bizarrely the essay competition includes a category for 18-25 year olds (which even makes me eligible), and for the youngsters Green seems to have covered his tracks in some way by stipulating that "Under 18's need their parents' permission to enter". Perhaps the most creepy element of all is that anyone who enters will receive a lovely "Certificate of Effort" to put on their bedroom wall as a lasting symbol of the rabid homophobia their parents have indoctrinated them with.

I'd love to see one of those certificates. Since I'm young enough to enter, do you think if I wrote an essay based loosely on the theme but telling Green the opposite of what he wants to hear, I'd get a certificate for my "effort"?

12 comments:

Christina Martin said...

I may have to assume a false identity and enter this one!

Digressica said...

I could do it too, I'm 23. I'll enter if you enter.

thesophie said...

Ditto. And I actually live in Kent.

Paul Sims said...

Got a bit ahead of myself on this one. You do have to live in Kent, which rules me out. But not you Sophie.

Anonymous said...

Just send this URL in: Bible Genealogy. Nothing like seeing the actual perfect descent tree of One-Man, One-Woman repeated over and over from the beginnin... oh, wait... guess it's NOT like that after all, is it?

Andrew said...

My favourite bit was "But material from other sources which supports the Bible view is OK". Let nobody accuse this of one-sidedness.

Psychodiva said...

h- I wish I was young again! fgalse identity sounds good :) I could write such an essay using the babble as source material lol

Anonymous said...

-there is now a load of evidence of the benefits of the marriage-based man-woman family for parents, children and society from social science-

So get lost grandma and grandpa...don't need you. Forget babysitting from your friends, sister, brother... science has spoken...apparently.

Dologan said...

May I suggest an even better idea for those eligible...

Write a good entry exactly with what that moron wants to hear. Hopefully you will win the prize. Then, donate it an LGBT rights group like Stonewall (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/) and boast about the farce on the internet.
Nothing would enrage that guy more than his money going straight to help the people he hates. :)

Andy said...

I am inspired. I could discuss when to kill your children or maybe some of the other great advice. Perhaps on how women should behave.

Jonathan said...

I'm a bit troubled that you all care so much. Why not follow the advice of Gamaliel which is found in that there Bible:

"Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead — whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honoured by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."

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