In public he rails against immorality as the voice of Christian Britain but in private he is a wife
beater, says his former partner
Caroline Green was often punished by her husband Stephen for failing to be a dutiful, compliant wife, but his final act of violence against her — the one that prompted her long-overdue decision to divorce him —
was all the more chilling because it was coldly premeditated.
Stephen Green wrote a list of his wife's failings 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, she recalls, her voice tentative and quiet. 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 conjugal rights.
He even framed our marriage vows — he always put particular emphasis on my promise to obey him — 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 convinced me I had to divorce him.
Stephen Green's monstrous and autocratic behaviour would, in any circumstance, be shocking. But the charge of arrant hypocrisy must be added — for while terrorising his wife and their four children, he was also
revelling in his self-appointed public role as guardian of the nation's morality.
Green, 60, is founder and director of Christian Voice, a fundamentalist group he set up in 1994, whose website thunders against the vices — family breakdown, crime, immorality and drink among them — that are
ruining the lives of real people . Green's pronouncements are often outrageous. For example, after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005 and killed more than 1,600 people, he claimed it was a result of God's wrath and had
purified the city.
He routinely inveighs against the abolition of the death penalty, no-fault divorce, Islam, abortion and, his particular bÍte 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 newspaper, it turns my stomach, she says. 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.'
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