Statement by the Bishop Joseph Devine Bishop of Motherwell on the Green movement
The full text of Bishop Devine's statement on the Green and the abortion movement
“At last the mask has been torn away from the duplicitous Green Party that masquerades as an environmentalist organisation”
“British Christians have had something to celebrate of late (it does not happen often). Two Christian pro-life campaigners were cleared of criminal charges for displaying pictures, in an entirely peaceful manner, showing the effects of abortion on an unborn child outside an abortion centre in Brighton. They had been accused of breaching the Public Order Act by exhibiting images “likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress”.
“All who value freedom of speech and expression will welcome the dismissal of this case by the courts. As the two young campaigners explained, “All we were doing was showing what is taking place legally inside taxpayer funded abortion centres every day.” The unborn child just wants to live . . . let them live!
“Perhaps the police chiefs involved in applying the law would benefit from professional guidance as to their interpretation of the Public Order Act. As other commentators have observed, such images should not be suppressed from the public consciousness any more than pictures of famine or the reality of war. If we cannot face the pictures how can we conceive of endorsing the reality?
“I have no doubt that the publication of the photographs of the victims of Auschwitz and the Burma Railway brought home the horrors of such evil catastrophes far more effectively than a million pleading words. 200,000 abortions take place in Britain each year. Why is the pro-choice lobby so desperate to hide the truth about abortion from the public?
“Meanwhile back in Brighton, Christians faced the usual uphill struggle for their right to live according to their Christian conscience and retain their basic human right to freedom of speech.
“Councillor Christina Summers has been expelled from the Green Party Group for her opposition to same-sex marriage, based on her Christian convictions. Explaining her opposition to gay marriage Christina explained: “When you touch marriage, you’re touching family and you’re hitting at the very heart of God and I have an enormous problem with that.”
“So to be a loyal member or supporter of the Green Party, Christians must abandon and repudiate their Christian values and conscience in favour of the extremist and intolerant Green Party agenda that suppresses diversity and freedom of expression.
“It would appear that the Green Party has its own special interpretation of equality that does not extend to include any notion of religious freedom. Prejudice and discrimination against Christians are permitted. But is it lawful under discrimination laws?
“Some good, however, has emerged from the injustice dispensed by the Green Party on this innocent and honest woman. At last the mask has been torn away from the duplicitous Green Party that masquerades as an environmentalist organisation. For years it has operated under the cover of “saving the planet” while publicly playing down its anti- religious faith, anti-democratic agenda. (While, in Scotland at least, there is a perception that its leader seems more determined to promote and champion the “gay” agenda rather than explain and contribute to the debate on environmental issues). To seek to coerce loyalty to the party above loyalty to individual conscience calls to mind the worst kind of totalitarian politics. Its Christian members must find it an increasingly uncomfortable place to be. Indeed I cannot imagine any member of any of the world’s great faiths wishing to have any association with the “Greens” and certainly not choosing to support them in any election. Let Christians concentrate their minds wonderfully when casting their vote at