Friday, January 12, 2007

Green won't quit

My weekly email from the National Secular Society has landed in my inbox and the top news item concerns the dreadful leader of Christian Voice, Stephen Green, and his incessant obsession with 'Jerry Springer: the Opera'. Here is the item reproduced:

Religious zealot Stephen Green of Christian Voice, says that he has begun the process of bringing a private prosecution for blasphemy against Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC and Jonathan Thoday, the show’s producer, for their part in broadcasting Jerry Springer -- the Opera on BBC2 two years ago.

Green and his legal advisors say they laid evidence before Horseferry Magistrate’s Court on Monday in an effort to get a summons issued in a private prosecution of the two BBC men. They are now awaiting a decision as to whether the case can proceed.

Mr Green said: “There is a ancient law against blasphemy in this land because the law believes it should not occur. It is as simple as that. If artistic people do not where or how to stop as they push against the boundaries of decency, then the law must step in and tell them. In this present case, it appears prime facie that a most odious and wicked blasphemy was perpetrated against Almighty God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Clearly, justice must be done. No-one, be they ever so influential or wealthy, can be above the law.”

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “We sincerely hope that Mr Green succeeds in his efforts to bring this to court -- then we can see the blasphemy law destroyed once and for all. The court might do what Parliament won’t.” Mr Sanderson said that the blasphemy law was widely thought to be in contravention of the Human Rights Act and a court case would confirm this once and for all.

We can only hope.


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