Meet the interns: Silas Neels
What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?
Over 100,000 children are murdered each year in Canada alone in the name of “choice”, and millions worldwide each year. When I really thought about that, I realized that it was my responsibility, no, my duty, to help people see the truth of abortion and how it murders the most vulnerable of our society. I also realized that if I just acted passively about being pro-life, I would be basically the same as the people during the Second World War who were indifferent towards the Jews’ plight and didn’t bother to help them escape from the Nazi’s when they could. What continues to motivate me is the realization that around 300 children are aborted every day in Canada, and the only real solution to that is to change people’s minds one by one.
When did you first come into contact with CCBR?
I’ve known about CCBR for quite a while, so I’m not exactly sure when I first came into contact with them, but it most likely was when I was in junior high school and Maaike Rosendal did a talk about being pro-life.
What made you choose this organization?
People who have done the internship in the past have told me what a life-changing experience it was, and I never really considered any other pro-life organization that I would do an internship with.
What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?
I hope to learn how to communicate the pro-life message more compassionately and effectively.
What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?
The Abortion Awareness Project at UBC. I talked to a lot of people, not always changing their minds, but getting them thinking about abortion, as well as improving my skills in pro-life activism.
Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?
William Wilberforce. He spent most of his life advocating for abolition of the slave trade, even when it seemed like a never ending battle. So whenever it seems to me like it’s a hopeless case to try change the abortion laws in Canada, I think about Wilberforce and his passion to abolish slavery for good.
If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?
A golden eagle, because flying is fun.
You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?
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