The hate-filled head of Christian Voice UK – Stephen “Birdshit” Green, inset – ignited fury when he foolishly tweeted that Tom Daley’s disappointing Olympic achievements this year were due to his sexuality.
The hugely popular Plymouth diver failed to qualify for the final of the men’s 10 metre diving contest.
Comments posted as “Christian Voice” by Green included:
Turning gay doesn’t seem to have done Tom Daley any favours at Rio 2016.
We need to remember that Tom Daley only went gay because he was seduced by an older man.
The North Devon Journal did not mention Green’s name, but only referred to Christian Voice, saying it’s group which describes itself as a “lobby group praying for national repentance”.
In truth, Christian Voice UK is a nasty little one-man-show run by an embittered old loon.
Green once had a sidekick called Robin Phillips, who posted a number of asinine articles on Christian Voice, but the ginger god-botherer appeared to have vanished after his last post in May 2015. A lovers’ tiff? Or perhaps he simply legged it rather than risk being bitch-slapped by Green, who is known to have a violent streak.
Green’s Twitter posts caused a flurry of activity online, with many users saying Christian Voice UK should apologise.
Helen Manley, from Saltash, said:
A married gay couple won gold in the hockey last night. Why don’t you pipe down with your venomous opinions?
Andy Gibson said:
Enter Christian blogger “Archbishop Cranmer”:
Go take your bigotry back to the dark ages with the rest of your silly delusions.
You’d think a group calling itself ‘Christian Voice’ would ensure that their every utterance were, well … Christian. This tweet was not only lacking in grace an compassion (the guy had just failed in front of the whole world, for Pete’s sake; he was devastated, tearful and deeply upset), it was a sneery, spiteful tweet; callous, cruel and un-Christian.
What manner of Christian voice trumpets crass theology to a man when he’s down? If ‘turning gay’ caused Tom Daley to make a ‘gay dive‘, how come the openly bisexual Nicola Adams won not one but two Gold medals in boxing? How come Kate Richardson-Walsh and her wife Helen (yes, you’ve got it) won Gold in women’s hockey? Could Christian Voice please explain why ‘turning gay’ works for some but not others? Why does God shower some LGBT athletes with Gold, but leaves poor Tom a-cold and all alone on Pillicock Hill?
The theological worldview of Christian Voice appears to be one in which idolaters, adulterers and fornicators are given a pass by God to win gold; and homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals are given the same pass, except if they’re named Tom, who seems to merit particular opprobrium.
Perhaps Christian Voice might explain why. Is it because of his celebrity? Is it because he’s something of a role model or ambassador for young gay people? Wouldn’t these be rather asinine reasons for singling out one young, gay diver for particular judgment, while leaving the gay boxers, swimmers, equestrians and discus-throwers to glory in their gold or wallow in their loss?
How is that just or fair? Surely if you’re going to proclaim God’s message of sexual morality, you need to ensure that there is no prejudice in your preaching; no soteriological favouritism or ethical preference for male or female; Jew or Greek; diver or gymnast. Why hasn’t Christian Voice been, well … more Christian and egalitarian in its judgments?
Hat tip: BarrieJohn