STEPHEN “Birdshit” Green, 60, tireless campaigner for a more moral, less gay UK, has been exposed as a cruel, delusional wife and childbeater by his former spouse, Caroline Green.
According to this report, the Christian extremist – creator in 1994 of Christian Voice, as well as a newly launched blog, Christian VoiceUK – often punished his ex-wife for failing to be a dutiful and compliant wife.
Caroline revealed that Green wrote a list of her Âfailings then described the weapon he would make to beat her with.
He told me he’d make a piece of wood into a sort of witch’s broom and hit me with it, which he did.He hit me until I bled. I was terrified. I can still remember the pain.
Stephen listed my misdemeanours: I was disrespectful and disobedient; I wasn’t loving or submissive enough and I was undermining him. He also said I wasn’t giving him his Âconjugal rights.
He even framed our marriage vows â€” he always put particular emphasis on my promise to obey him â€” and hung them over our bed. He believed there was no such thing as marital rape and for years I’d been reluctant to have sex with him, but he said it was my duty and was angry if I refused him. But the beating was the last straw. It Âconvinced me I had to divorce him.
And during the time he was terrorising his wife and their four children, he was also revelling in his self-appointed public role as guardian of the nation’s morality.
He routinely inveighs against the abolition of the death penalty, no-fault divorce, Islam, abortion and, his particular bÃªte noir, homosexuality. Violent crime and rape, he laments on his website, have risen dramatically in the past 50 years, while he points out that “virtue is derided”.
When Caroline, 59, contemplates the disparity between his public pronouncements and his private persona, she is sickened.
Whenever I watch him on TV spouting verses from the Bible, or see him quoted in a newsÂpaper, it turns my stomach. I’ve decided to tell the truth about him now because the people who support him financially and morally should know what he is really like.
The fact that Caroline remained married for 26 years is surprising. But, she explains, she was intimidated and terrified to leave him. She was also aware â€” because she had no money of her own â€” that she depended on the Â£800 a month that he gave her to bring up their children.
It was almost like living in a cult,. We were all subjugated to his will and cowed by him. Over the years he belittled us and made us feel worthless.
In 1992 he wrote a virulently anti-gay book, The ÂSexual Dead End, which Caroline says marked â€˜the beginning of the end’. Two years later, he abandoned the Conservative Family Campaign, which he regarded as too moderate, and set up Christian Voice in order to pursue a more radical course.
And the more his religious crusade consumed him, the more extreme Green’s behaviour became. Said Caroline:
He had very high expectations of the children; nothing they did was ever good enough.He bullied them mentally and manipulated them.Â And they always had to be Âchaperoned. He wouldn’t countenance them having boyfriends or girlfriends.
There were occasions when his explosions of wrath became physical. He assaulted not only Caroline, but their sons.
He beat our middle son with a belt, in front of his best friend, for answering him back. I tried to intervene but he pushed me away. My eldest son was hit with a broomstick and kicked on the back of his legs. He still has scars on his shins. On one occasion Stephen beat him so hard with a piece of wood that we thought he might have broken his arm. When we took him to hospital, my son pretended he’d fallen because he didn’t want to incur his father’s anger.
It took the smallest of misdemeanours to trigger Green’s wrath. Caroline says:
They were trivial things. He’d say the children had been disobedient or insubordinate. He would retaliate really spitefully. When our youngest son left a small heater on in the bedroom of the mobile home, Stephen Âconfiscated it as a punishment for wasting electricity. The boys slept in freezing conditions for two years. A window was broken and he replaced it with plywood, which in turn got damp and froze. These were the sort of privations we all had to endure.
Caroline described his state of mindÂ “hyper-manic”. She said:
For years he’d been Âcontrolling, spiteful and self-righteous. But later he became delusional and completely uncontrollable. I’d obeyed him as a dutiful wife, but my love for him had corroded away. People must wonder why I stayed as long as I did. I was Âembarrassed and humiliated by his behaviour. But actually we were all brainwashed. My self-esteem ebbed away to such an extent that I felt worthless and stupid.
She finally cut free from him in 2006. A loan from her brother â€” in whom she confided about Green’s behaviour â€” allowed her to buy a caravan in which she established herself and her children while she awaited her divorce.
When invited to respond to his ex-wife’s allegations, Stephen Green made no comment.
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