I am a Christian leader and it is very frustrating when people who represent a small minority of Christians are chosen to represent Christians in such a high profile way.
Unfortunately it seems that whoever shouts the loudest and most extreme views gets to be heard. This is not helpful and there are many other more discerning and representative Christians who could be given a chance to give a Christian perspective on the issues of the day.
In fact, the Beeb had a fairly good spokesman for Christianity in the form of MP Simon Hughes. He directly challenged whether Green represented his evangelical faith.
Meanwhile, the reactions on the BBC website are, um, interesting:
Did you ask Stephen Green onto Question Time just to ridicule him because he fought against your awful programme Jerry Springer - The Opera? I thought you were supposed to have a cross section audience. I didn't sense there were any Christians present. Shame on you.
I think the writer meant there weren't any extreme fundamentalist Christians like Green. Another writes:
Can Janet Street-Porter please refrain from calling Christians a minority group. Perhaps if more of our fellow citizens read the Bible and listened to the words of Jesus - as many of us do - then we would live in a fairer society, less prone to greed and war.
I think Janet was in fact exposing the fact that his own peculiar fundamentalism was a minority group, and not representative of Christians in general. Still another complains:
Mr Dimbleby used very aggressive tactics against Mr Green on tonight's show. The protests Stephen organises are not aggressive, but the legitimate right of UK citizens to protest. Isn't this the very thing people were so shocked was being stifled at the Labour conference.
I don't remember the BBC heavies coming in and removing Green, which is what happened at the Labour conference. In a similar spirit, another protests:
I think the audience was misplaced in this - they acted like the stewards who refused to allow a dissenting voice.
Alas, a better comparison would be with the the unfortunate 80-something-year-old ejected from the Labour Conference last week; the audience protesting Green's views were doing nothing different.