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Boris Johnson, new UK prime minister, is no pro-life or conservative hero

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July 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — I will admit up front that I do not follow British politics particularly closely and that most of my friends who do were backing Boris Johnson for the leadership of the United Kingdom’s Tory party. He is, apparently, a conservative of sorts, although when anyone who is actually conservative presses his supporters on his specific credentials, I find they tend to mumble quite a bit. Unsurprisingly, the Mail on Sunday’s Burkean columnist Peter Hitchens is decidedly unimpressed with the new prime minister, who is now safely ensconced at 10 Downing Street.

Regardless of whether or not Johnson is a British-style Trumpian figure (the U.S. president now being the only point of reference the media seem capable of employing these days), his record on social issues is decidedly awful. He has been a staunch advocate of the LGBT movement for years, writing in 2012 that he was in favor of same-sex “marriage” and noting that he simply “can’t see what the fuss is about.” Further to that, he added, “[Marriage] may well be beloved by God, but no religion has ever had a monopoly on marriage.” In his recent role as foreign secretary, he went so far as to lift a ban on British embassies flying the rainbow flag, the banner of a sexually revolutionary movement.

Perhaps Johnson’s lackadaisical approach to the question of how his nation defined marriage was born out of his decidedly relaxed approach to the confines of his own. In 2004, he was fired by Tory leader Michael Howard from his dual roles as Conservative Party vice chairman and shadow arts minister for consistently deceiving pretty much everybody about an affair (one in a string of affairs that led to Johnson’s refusal to state for the record how many children he has). His first marriage, to socialite Allegra Mostyn-Owen, lasted only a year, and his affair with Petronella Wyatt came while he was married to his second wife, with whom he has four children.

The reason this affair is significant is because as it turns out, Johnson allegedly paid for Wyatt to get an abortion after she became pregnant. The child was unplanned and was aborted in October of 2004. The Sunday Times broke the story a month later, with Wyatt’s mother, Lady Verushka Wyatt, disclosing the abortion as well as the fact that Johnson had apparently promised to marry her daughter (who worked for The Spectator, where Johnson served as a columnist). Johnson’s compulsive deceit in the face of these allegations effectively killed his political career at the time. Fifteen years later, he’s made quite the comeback.

Johnson’s history with abortion may end up being politically significant, especially in regard to the case of Northern Ireland, which will be forced to legalize abortion by Westminster later this fall unless its own warring political factions manage to form government. Johnson’s voting record shows that he has thus far stood solidly with the abortion activists: he has abstained from all votes that would restrict abortion (which is legal in the United Kingdom up until 24 weeks). With the fact that one of his own children was aborted (a child who would now be a teenager) and that he most likely paid for it having been such public news, Johnson will probably be reluctant to take an even moderately pro-life position at any point.

Johnson’s supporters will point to the fact that he named the rock-ribbed pro-life conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg as the leader of the House of Commons, and that is certainly a positive development. But those currently expressing their excitement about Johnson’s rise to power should temper their enthusiasm: while Johnson may deliver on Brexit (and who knows?), it appears that he is another one of those Tories who likes to utilize red-meat rhetoric that sounds traditionalist but has worked as hard as any progressive to dismantle the socially conservative institutions and consensus that once made Great Britain great.

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. The latest episode features Dr. Judith Reisman, a research professor at Liberty University School of Law and Director of the Child Protection Institute. Dr. Reisman is a giant in the science and sexology community with many accolades and accomplishments, now exposing the fraudulent sex “research” work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey. For those unfamiliar, Dr. Kinsley’s science played a role in bringing the Sexual Revolution to America in modern LGBT laws and inflated LGBT propaganda statistics. In a way, it is responsible for the overall acceptance of the LGBT movement. You can read more about Dr. Kinsey by searching for him in the LifeSiteNews.com search bar. 

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Jonathon Van Maren

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.