Stephen Green spoke out against the campaign to pardon the 49,000 gay men prosecuted by the British government for their sexuality. Green is National Director of group Christian Voice and believes, among other things, that gay people with HIV who have sex should be executed.
In his video, he argues against the campaign by using heavy-handed sarcasm. Green describes Fry as "a practising homosexual" and remarks that "his entourage now includes wifey, little Elliott Spencer". Spencer became Fry's husband last month.
Cumberbatch and Fry put their names to the petition to clear the names of the thousands of men convicted for the crime of being gay, as Enigma codebreaker Turing was in 2013. Fry has also announced a campaign to get Turing on the £10 note.
Right-wing Green dismisses the petition, implying that it's an ignorant campaign. "It follows that if something is not against the law now, well, it never should have been. So all the men convicted of doing indecent, unsanitary, unhealthy, abusive and downright dangerous things on other men should obviously be pardoned."
The video, which is filmed in a park then cuts to a scene of a wooded area. "Now a lot of homosexual activity takes place with strangers in public toilets or in open spaces, like this picnic area."
Green, warming to his theme, continues: "On reflection, perhaps a pardon is not enough. If Stephen Fry and Mr Cumberbatch had had their wits about them, they could have been demanding for the men convicted British Empire medals for services to cottaging and cruising."
Tackling Fry's now-famous moral problem with God allowing bad things to happen, Green described him as "ignorant".
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
1/19 On Being Bipolar
"There’s a moment in the film where I recognised that this was the last moment we filmed before this wave of depression came over me, and I was idiotic or victim enough, or whatever one wants to call it, of this mad compulsion."
2/19 On Taking Cocaine At Buckingham Palace
"I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame."
3/19 On His Age
"I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me."
4/19 On Swearing
"It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing."
5/19 On TV
"I don't watch television. It destroys the art of talking about oneself."
6/19 On Happiness
"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
7/19 On Technology
"One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
8/19 On Being On Stage
"You are who you are when nobody's watching."
9/19 On Education
"Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars."
10/19 On Creativity
"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
11/19 On Journalism
"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good."
12/19 On Love
"Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave."
13/19 On The English Accent
"A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a brilliance that isn't there."
14/19 On Being An Author
"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."
15/19 On Homosexuality
"I’ve never wanted one extra gay person in the world, there are plenty of us around."
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16/19 On Christmas
"Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better to arrive."
17/19 On Clichés
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me."
18/19 On Smoking
"I think I have always linked smoking and sex. Maybe this is where I have been going wrong all my life."
19/19 On Homophobia
"Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobic."
"Stephen Fry launched into a theologically ignorant tirade against God, asking how the almighty dare create every evil and every disease under the sun," Green said. "I suppose the almighty also created the iceberg that sunk the Titanic and you can't get any more evil than that."
Green has long been a controversial figure. He has previously argued that it is impossible for a husband to rape his wife, has described gay adoption as the Government "worshipping at the altar of diversity" and even managed to get vaguely riled over secular Christmas cards.
In 2011 his former wife Caroline Green accused him of domestic violence, but Green strenuously denied the allegations, calling them "a catalogue of smears and distortions". They are now divorced.Reuse content