Stephen “Birdshit” Green thought he was doing God’s work when he tried unsuccessfully to prosecute the BBC for blasphemy after it screened Jerry Springer: The Opera.
But his God evidently thought otherwise, for Green now faces bankruptcy over legal fees incurred as a result of his vindictive action.
At a hearing a fortnight ago, the BBC’s Mark Thompson and Jonathan Thoday, producer of JSTO, were awarded costs totalling Â£90,000 against Green. The BBC’s solicitors were awarded Â£55,000 and Olswangs Solicitors, who acted for Thoday, got an order for Â£35,000.
The money was due to be paid yesterday, but Stephen Green is pleading poverty.
In a breathtaking display of effrontery, he has written to both Mark Thompson and Jonathan Thoday asking them to waive their costs “in the interests of goodwill and justice”.
Goodwill and justice? The bare-faced cheek of this vile Christian fanatic! This is the same individual who heads a nasty little outfit that BLACKMAILED a cancer charity into refusing money raised on its behalf by JSTO, and has repeatedly used harrassment and intimidation in its fanatical campaigns against JSTO and gay organisations it disapproves of.
Jerry Springer the Opera portrayed Jesus Christ as a nappy-wearing sexual deviant, who said he was ‘a little bit gay’. It called Mary a rape victim, said the birth of Jesus was because ‘the condom split’, ridiculed His wounds on the cross and the sacrament of Holy Communion, had God as an ineffectual old man who needed guidance from Jerry Springer and finished up with Springer as a counterfeit saviour of mankind who told Jesus to “Grow up for Christ’s sake and put some f***ing clothes on.
It should be enough for Mark Thompson and Jonathan Thoday that they got away with blasphemy, insulting God and the Lord Jesus Christ, at least in this life. For these rich, powerful men to pursue me into the bankruptcy courts over money I don’t have would be vindictive.
Mark Thompson earns well over twenty times as much in a year as I am worth. He could pay his own costs out of his inflated salary, and the BBC certainly would never notice the odd Â£55,000 alongside the money they squander on a daily basis.
Jonathan Thoday can easily afford to waive his costs as well. He lost Â£500,000 over the failed tour of Jerry Springer the Opera in 2006, and didn’t bat an eyelid, so he isn’t exactly short of money either. Seven years ago, in 2001, he featured in the Independent’s Media Rich List, with a personal fortune estimated then at Â£12million.
Quite simply, I do not have the money anyway, and will be certainly end up bankrupt if Thompson and Thoday decide to enforce these punitive costs.
How are people with limited means expected to bring actions of public importance against public bodies or wealthy people? It is outrageous that a public-spirited individual should be dissuaded from upholding standards of public decency in a public body because of the fear of adverse, grotesque costs orders.
UPDATE: July 16, 2008: “Birdshit” Green has now had a visit from the bailiffs who “served a statutory demand on him in respect of Mark Thompson’s costs of Â£55,000 in the Jerry Springer the Opera case”. Howled drama queen Green:
It’s the BBC demanding its pound of flesh.The demand could see me made bankrupt and homeless.
A lone campaigner stood outside St Mary’s church, Putney. Stephen Green, a haggard and unshaven figure, obsessed and weighed down by the wickedness of modern Britain, handed out leaflets warning of the consequences of same-sex love, while announcing to anyone who would listen: â€˜Homosexuality and sexual immorality is all on a continuum with paedophilia, bestiality, adultery, child-sacrifice. You are saying it is all OK.’