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How bigoted 40 Days for Life campaign was ‘birthed’

Issue No. 2295

David Bereit

David Bereit launched the 40 Days for Life campaign nationally in the US in 2007. He described the campaign as “birthed out of an hour of prayer”. In other words, god told him to do it.

As he put it, “God gave us the vision of a 40-day effort” that included a “vigil outside the local abortion facility”.

The organisation has since spread to other countries including Canada, Australia, Britain, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Belize, Georgia and Armenia.

Bereit likes bragging about how many abortion clinics anti-choice campaigners have forced to close. As he puts it, “Even before it’s illegal, it’s becoming unavailable.”

Bereit also thinks women who become pregnant as a result of rape should be forced to continue the pregnancy.

Robert Colquhoun

Not only is Robert Colquhoun against abortion rights for women, he’s against gay rights and sexual freedom too.

Colquhoun accompanied Jason Evert around Catholic schools in Lancashire in 2010 promoting Evert’s pamphlet, “Pure Manhood—How to become the man God wants you to be”.

The pro-chastity pamphlet claims that “the homosexual act is disordered, much like contraceptive sex between heterosexuals”.

It says both go against “God’s natural purpose for sex—babies and bonding”.

The TUC complained to Tory education secretary Michael Gove about the pamphlet, saying it undermined equality laws.

But Gove said it was fine for Catholic schools to promote church teaching on homosexuality—adding that the Equality Act didn’t apply to curriculum content.

Colquhoun described the pamphlet as “scientifically, medically and theologically thorough”. He has written that “homosexual acts are sinful”.

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