Stephen Green, who has in the past come to the media’s attention for his anti-gay stance, is once again back in the media spotlight. His wife has decided to divorce him, and so a lot of stuff has come out that he would have wished to have kept hidden.
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.
Remember now, this is a chap who believes in the literal truth of the bible, especially the parts that say that woman should be silent, and obey their husbands – “wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Eph 5:24“.
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.’
What shocks people is that this chap presented himself as the guardian of the nation’s morality. The group that he founded rants against the very concept of family breakdown, yet behind closed doors we discover that he was really an abuser.
The tragedy here is that this couple started out normally, either was religious, but over time Mr Green was sucked into religion, becoming more and more extreme as time passed, until the hypocrisy of it all became too much for his wife who decided to speak out and reveal what was really happening.
If yo are ever faced with the claim that religion is a force for good, then consider the devastating effect it has had upon this family and be skeptical.
There is a long (really long) write-up on all this in the UK tabloid, the Daily Mail, but if interested, you can read the details of this tragic tail here where it goes into all the facts of what happened to this family over many years.