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(LifeSiteNews) — Africa has become a sort of battleground for more powerful and prosperous nations to vie for ideological and commercial supremacy, says a businessman and friend of LifeSiteNews, which makes it even more incumbent to defend them from the predatory nature of the pro-abortion, pro-LGBT agenda.

On today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, Greg Shea sits down with me to discuss the attempt by Western countries to force a sexual revolution on African peoples and what LifeSite is doing to help put an end to it.

Shea has a wealth of experience working on mobile technology systems in Africa and Asia and currently spends a lot of his time in Nairobi, Kenya. He explains that the defense of life and human dignity must be global in character as the West attempts to spread its anti-life, anti-family ideology.

“The defense of life and human dignity has to have a global response, and that global response is really impoverished if it isn’t including the Africans,” Shea says. “Now, not simply because of demographics … But I think more importantly, there’s an insight which comes from an African sense of the balance between the individual and the community, which also is part of the response and also is part of the global solution set.”

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Shea also believes there to be a “resurgence of what used to be referred to as the pan-African spirit.” This time, however, it’s not characterized by a Marxist vision, but one that is truly “social, cultural, and familial.” In other words, they feel greater African solidarity in the face of pro-LGBT, pro-abortion pressure from the West.

“This is against ‘African values.’ Now, they may then say, add to that the appendix of Christian or Muslim or indeed even nativist from a pre-Western context,” he says.

“We’re beginning a new dialogue … Our presence there is richly appreciated by everyone that we’re meeting. There’s a very warm welcome. There’s a very strong response from everyone, from the bishops to the lay groups to the youth groups. And they are benefiting from it,” he continues. “And I would argue that the benefit is mutual, because as we share some of the scars on our arms from the battles that we’ve been engaged in — to stand up for the truth and for true justice and human dignity — the return is going to be multifold. And so that’s part of the beauty of the whole exchange.”

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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.