I did blog on the Alan Craig “Gaystapo controversy” at the time and said:
Now, I don’t think any of this is particularly helpful and feel that the wording and tone of Alan’s piece is overboard, but I have seen exactly the same from the other side also.
Well Alan has now been nominated and shortlisted for the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Award:
Alan Craig. In October 2011 Alan Craig caused outrage by comparing gay equality advocates to the invading forces of Nazi Germany and dubbing them the ‘Gaystapo’. In an incendiary Church of England Newspaper article he claimed ‘gay-rights storm troopers take no prisoners as they annex our wider culture’ and that the modest measure to extend marriage to same-sex couples was proof that ‘Nazi expansionist ambitions are far from sated’. In later comments he compared those who challenge bigotry to perpetrators of the Holocaust.
Alan has responded by saying:
“The Bigot of the Year Award is a vicious name-calling Stonewall annual event that reflects more on the donor than the recipient. By attempting to bully, intimidate, humiliate and generate hatred of individuals through the Award, Stonewall fully justifies the Gaystapo tag which I gave the organisation and for which apparently I have been nominated.
That said, it was this comment of Alan’s that really caught my attention:
“Nonetheless if I win the Award over the other candidates and if Stonewall invite me, and permit me without harassment to offer a proper acceptance speech, I plan to attend their Awards dinner and ceremony at the Raphael Gallery on 1st November.”
Love it. Give the man his due he’s got balls.