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Controversial documentary will benefit pro-life groups

The film traces the development of cosmology from its inception (Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid at Giza) through the revolution of Copernicus and shows modern science pointing toward evidence of a Creator.
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John-Henry Westen By John-Henry Westen

Creators of the highly controversial, award-winning documentary "The Principle" are stepping up to offer private showings of the new film that documents Earth’s significance in the cosmos as a way for grassroots pro-life groups to build their communities and raise funds for their programming through an innovative screening process that has raised hundreds of thousands for similar groups in the past.

“After opening the film in 10 cities across the U.S., we’re eager to build upon the audiences and bring this film to as many viewers as possible ahead of any VOD/DVD release,” noted writer/producer Rick Delano. “If we can help small pro-life groups raise thousands in each market in the process, that’s just a bonus.”

The screening program will be run through Little Flower Strategies (LFS), which has run similar event-based fundraisers for pro-life and other groups in the past using films such as "Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine" and "The Triumph", which screened in hundreds of cities worldwide, raising nearly $200,000 for small, grassroots groups.

“We’ve worked with many pro-life groups before and seen amazing success with these screenings,” said LFS’ Victor Pap, who will guide local leaders and organizers through the screening process. “In fact, one group reported bringing in over $11,000 with just two events—we consider that a major success for a small pro-life prayer group looking to broaden their base and all it takes a little work.”

Since its limited theatrical release across 10 U.S. markets, "The Principle" has developed a tremendous online following and drawn critical praise from pastors, reviewers, and even an international film festival. With narration by Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek Voyager"), visual animations by BUF Compagnie Paris ("The Matrix: Revolutions", "Harry Potter"), and commentary from prominent scientists including George Ellis, Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, and MIT’s Max Tegmark, this important film traces the development of cosmology from its inception (Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid at Giza) through the revolution of Copernicus and shows modern science pointing toward evidence of a Creator.

“The beauty of the pro-life movement is its defense of the idea that every human life is significant, no matter how ‘small’. Imagine, if that truth were empirically reflected in our cosmos,” asks Delano. “Imagine if this tiny, humdrum planet, were actually shown to be of true significance—what might that mean for us all?”

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.