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Christian Voice is a fundamentalist Christian organisation that is led by Stephen Green. It aims to return Britain to a 1950s-style society, seen by its members as being a far happier, safer, and holier social structure. Christian Voice believes that this can be achieved by removing aspects of twenty-first century British society, such as banning abortion, illegalising homosexuality, transferring more political power to the monarch, encouraging racial segregation, British withdrawal from the European Union, and introducing a new legal system permitting much harsher restrictions and penalties on a very wide range of social topics, from murder and rape to the sale of alcohol and classroom discipline . Critics of Christian Voice have likened the organisation to the harsh Puritan-dominated state of Oliver Cromwell's Britain, and the far-right British National Party.
The organisation claims to promote 1950s-style family values in Britain and to eliminate the 'immoral' influences on modern British society such as homosexuality, non-Christian religions, gender equality, racial equality, and pro-abortion campaigns. In their own words:
Christian Voice is a prophetic ministry in the sense that we attempt, with God's grace, to analyse current events in the light of scripture, proclaim God's word to those in public life and provide the information which Christians need in order to pray with the mind of God in these dark days. We love God and the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we love our fellow man and grieve for those afflicted by the injustice which successive governments have enacted and we pray for the United Kingdom to repent and turn back to God and his ways. There is no salvation in messianic politicians or bureaucratic superstates. The only hope for our dysfunctional nation lies in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The organisation was behind much of the recent controversy in the UK surrounding the BBC and the broadcast of Jerry Springer: The Opera. CV claimed it was blasphemous in its depiction of religious figures such as Jesus, Mary and God. The group maintained evangelistic presence outside the theatre where it opened in London and attended every night in an attempt to stop people from seeing it.
The group has been criticised for its role in causing a cancer charity, Maggie's Centres, to decline a substantial donation that came from the proceeds of a special performance of Jerry Springer: The Opera. The charity had been offered a donation of £10 per ticket for one night's performance - the total amount being around £3000. Christian Voice contacted Maggie's Centres, informed them of their dislike of the opera and threatened to disrupt their work by picketing the drop-in centres run by the charity. As a result, Maggie's Centres decided not to accept the donation. Christian Voice responded to criticism in the press by saying that they had helped Maggie's Centres avoid a "PR Disaster of profiting from filth and blasphemy".
Also, the group (which is very much anti-gay) has been involved in a number of campaigns against the GPA (Gay Police Association). Their website banner proudly proclaims: 'The site the GPA wants to ban!'. The organisation frequently pickets LGBT events across Britain, such as gay pride marches, gay-oriented urban districts, and homosexual culture in general. Their belief that homosexuality should be completely eradicated in Britain, as well as their controversial methods, have generated widespread hostility to the group from all sectors of modern British society, who frequently find themselves targeted under Christian Voice's other beliefs (eg: racial segregation, etc).
Lastly, it has been the subject of criticism over its stance on abortion. The group maintains a presence outside certain abortion clinics and thrusts pamphlets into the hands of women who try to enter.
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