Monday, 31 January 2011

The secret life of Stephen Green

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Stephen Green imparting his moral opinions on Channel 4's
4Thought.TV last year
Saturday's Daily Mail included an extraordinary exposé of Stephen Green of Christian Voice. Having endured 26 years of marriage, which eventually ended in 2006, Green's ex-wife Caroline has finally spoken out about life with the self-appointed guardian of Britain's moral conscience. It's a grisly tale, which you'll have to head to the Mail website and read yourself if you want the full account, but to give you a sense, here's a passage:
"He told me he’d make a piece of wood into a sort of witch’s broom and hit me with it, which he did. He hit me until I bled. I was terrified. I can still remember the pain.
Stephen listed my misdemeanours: I was disrespectful and disobedient; I wasn’t loving or submissive enough and I was undermining him. He also said I wasn’t giving him his ­conjugal rights.
He even framed our marriage vows — he always put particular emphasis on my promise to obey him — and hung them over our bed. He believed there was no such thing as marital rape and for years I’d been reluctant to have sex with him, but he said it was my duty and was angry if I refused him.

But the beating was the last straw. It ­convinced me I had to divorce him."
Hypocrisy is, of course, the one word that immediately comes to mind. But does it apply only to Green himself? A quick search of the Daily Mail website returns plenty of examples of times the paper has quoted Green as the apparent voice of Christianity in Britain, on everything from gay marriage and prayers in council meetings, to atheist buses and Lily Cole posing naked for Playboy. I guess this exposé means they'll need to look elsewhere in future.

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