Greenbelt & Peter Tatchell

What do you think about the fact that the homosexual activist Peter Tatchell was invited to the Greenbelt festival this year to speak about “the struggle for queer freedom in Africa”?


Here’s a little about Mr Tatchell’s background to set the scene:

·         He is well known for his view that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 for homosexuals. On his website he states that if children under 14 have consensual sex, and if there is no greater than a three year age differential, there should not be a prosecution.

·         He is also a strong promoter of pornography which he says is good for everyone. He has previously written approvingly of sadomasochism, bondage, infidelity, orgies and public cruising for sex. [Safer Sexy: The Guide to Gay Sex Safely”]

·         He was prosecuted for disrupting the 1998 Easter Sermon at Canterbury


Were you there this year, and did you hear what he had to say? If so please do comment below.

Do you believe that the organisers of Greenbelt over stepped the mark in trying to be quite so culturally relevant? If so please use one of the ways of contact listed below to make the point.

Or am I making something from nothing (thought only God could do that…)? Please comment, it’s good to debate.

Contacts for Greenbelt:

Greenbelt Festival, 83 London Wall, London, EC2M 5ND

Phone: 020 7374 2760

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  1. Keith
    I didn’t hear what Tatchell said and am unlikely ever to be found at Greenbelt! He may be right to be struggling for ‘queer freedom in Africa’. I do believe that people with homosexual tendencies should not be punished by the law or persecuted or bullied, and maybe he was speaking only along these lines.

    But I don’t think you’re making something out of nothing. I think asking Peter Tatchell to speak at a Christian festival such as Greenbelt (which is half filled with impressionable young people) in a positive defence of what the Bible speaks of as sin, is at best misguided, and at worst downright daft. But that’s the CofE for you, always like Esau, ready to sell its inheritance for a bowl of lentil stew!

    Now if a Christian were speaking in this regard, I feel it would be very different. I feel that Christians should be standing for the minority, the disposessed, the persecuted, the victims of AIDS and all the rest of it with the great difference of trying to change the source and foundations of the cause of these evils. But the church should certainly not be giving a platform to someone who is encouraging sinful behaviour.

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