.- Homosexual rights advocates in the U.K. have âhegemonic ambitionsâ and are using the push for âgay marriageâ 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 âa victorious Gaystapoâ who have âforcibly, and understandably, rectified the Versailles-type injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community.â
However, Craig took a strident tone against their current actions.
âTheir 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.â
Their partisans, he charged, now occupy the British establishment. Equalities legislation means âhomosexuals are now protected and privileged by sexual orientation regulations and have achieved legal equality by way of civil partnerships.â
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 âgay marriageâ want to âhijack a word and capture our culture at its deepest level,â Craigâs column continued. âThey want to reconfigure relationships, eliminate the traditional family and hence eradicate stable upbringing for our children.â
âCultural domination is their aim and fascist-type intolerance of politically incorrect dissent is their weapon. The eradication of marriage as âthe life-long union between a man and a womanâ is a huge next step along their way.â
Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, condemned the column as âdeeply disturbing and highly offensive.â
âWe 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,â 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 newspaperâs editor, defended the column. He told The Guardian that Craigâs views are âpertinent.â However, Blankely said he was on vacation the week it was published and if he had seen it he would have asked Craig to âtone the language down somewhat.â
Craig told The Guardian he was âpretty carefulâ to target the leadership of homosexual advocacy groups.
âI've nothing against ordinary gay people but the leadership, well I stick by my word âGaystapo.â It is bullying,â he said. âI 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.â