LAST month Mediawatchwatch drew our attention to the fact that Stephen “Birdshit” Green had found a new target for his bully-boy tactics: vicar turned best-selling author Graham (G P) Taylor, who incurred the mad fundie’s wrath by writing a children’s book entitled The Vampyre Labyrinth.
The author – who found fame after self-publishing the world-wide hit Shadowmancer – has now revealed that he is having to keep details of his planned school tour to promote the book a secret, for fear of direct action against it by fanatical evangelicals.
The book was blasted by Green’s Christian Voice for “extolling death and destruction”. Green said that messages on the CV website showed the strength of feeling against it, including one which said:
To promote gore, bloodlust and thoughts of death as being healthy topics for the minds of innocent children is bizarre.
But the Bible, which features shedloads more “gore, bloodlust and thoughts of death”, is perfectly OK.
Said Taylor, 52, former Vicar of Cloughton who lives near Scarborough:
I am about to embark on a school tour and talk to 20,000 children. I am concerned that there is a real threat that some people may start lobbying bookshops and schools to stop children buying the book. We are living in the age of direct action. I saw what happened to Springer the Opera and now I fear for my career.
The book, published last week, has already sold out its 50,000 first print and publishers Faber are rushing out a reprint.
Earlier Green trumpeted:
Shame on any head teacher who invites G P Taylor into their school with this book. It is up to head teachers to behave more responsibly and if I was a parent at a school that allowed him in I’d be straight up to the school and demanding answers from the head teacher.
Taylor told the Telegraph that many bishops:
Spend more time preaching about climate change or dressing up as Druidic bards than preaching a gospel of salvation that would cure the ills of society overnight if properly embraced.
He said he was drawn to Catholic worship, and said its leadership was not afraid to stand up for their moral belief in the face of an often ridiculing secular press.