.- Homosexual rights advocates in the U.K. have “hegemonic ambitions” and are using the push for “gay marriage” to impose their worldview on everyone else, Alan Craig charged in a controversial column for an Anglican newspaper.
Craig, the leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance, wrote in the Oct. 28 edition of The Church of England Newspaper that gay rights groups in the U.K are “a victorious Gaystapo” who have “forcibly, and understandably, rectified the Versailles-type injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community.”
However, Craig took a strident tone against their current actions.
“Their gay-rights stormtroopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture, and hotel owners, registrars, magistrates, doctors, counsellors, and foster parents, grandparents, adoption agencies and traditional street preachers find themselves crushed under the pink jackboot.”
Their partisans, he charged, now occupy the British establishment. Equalities legislation means “homosexuals are now protected and privileged by sexual orientation regulations and have achieved legal equality by way of civil partnerships.”
Legislation in the U.K. has shut down adoption agencies and foster care services, including all Catholic-run organizations, which cannot in good conscience place children with homosexual couples. Magistrates who cannot place children with such couples have also been forced to resign, while longtime foster couples, such as Owen and Eunice Johns, have also been barred from hosting more children because of their Christian views on the immorality of the homosexual lifestyle.
Street preachers who condemn homosexuality have also faced fines and arrests.
Groups like Stonewall and OutRage! who push for “gay marriage” want to “hijack a word and capture our culture at its deepest level,” Craig’s column continued. “They want to reconfigure relationships, eliminate the traditional family and hence eradicate stable upbringing for our children.”
“Cultural domination is their aim and fascist-type intolerance of politically incorrect dissent is their weapon. The eradication of marriage as ‘the life-long union between a man and a woman’ is a huge next step along their way.”
Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, condemned the column as “deeply disturbing and highly offensive.”
“We are sure that many of the paper's advertisers, such as the University of Sheffield, will be deeply disturbed to read this crass and homophobic article,” he told the British newspaper The Guardian.
The Church of England Newspaper is independent of the Church of England, though it carries advertisements for Anglican church jobs and is read by its clergy.
Colin Blankley, the newspaper’s editor, defended the column. He told The Guardian that Craig’s views are “pertinent.” However, Blankely said he was on vacation the week it was published and if he had seen it he would have asked Craig to “tone the language down somewhat.”
Craig told The Guardian he was “pretty careful” to target the leadership of homosexual advocacy groups.
“I've nothing against ordinary gay people but the leadership, well I stick by my word ‘Gaystapo.’ It is bullying,” he said. “I oppose bullying and hatred in all its forms. There is no justification for the bullying or intimidation of gays and that has been rectified in law, but we've moved on to a new game. We're now seeing these attitudes of intolerance they accuse their opponents of.”