Jonathon Van Maren is a writer and prolife speaker who has spoken about abortion and prolife strategy across North America. His talk is entitled “Unconventional Ways of Changing Hearts and Minds.” Jonathon may be young in years but as someone once said, “Intelligence is knowing the answer to the question. Wisdom is knowing the reason for the question.” Jonathon’s wisdom will shine through as he challenges us with ways to engage our brothers and sisters on the opposite side of the life issue, and to revitalize those who have grown weary with battle fatigue.
Jonathon writes a column for LifeSiteNews and his commentary has been translated into six languages and published widely. As a freelancer, he has interviewed people such as the youngest surviving Jew from Schindler’s list, Leon Leyson, commentator Mark Steyn, free speech advocate Ezra Levant, and refugee activist Regina Waldman.
His writing has garnered him an award from B’nai Brith for combatting anti-Semitism in print.
Jonathon graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.
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Right to Life of Michigan Educational Fund 2014 High School Oratory Contest
The 25th Annual Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) Educational Fund High School Oratory Contest will be held at the Southgate Veteran’s Memorial Library, 14680 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate, on March 1, 2014. Local affiliates sponsoring the contest include Central Wayne County, Dearborn Area, Southern Downriver, and Upper Downriver. Prizes for 1st,2nd, and 3rd places are awarded at the Local ($125 – $75 – $50), State ($500 – $300 – $200), and National ($1,000 – $750 – $500 – $250) levels Students in grades 9-12 interested in participating in the contest can contact the local coordinator, Mrs. Pam Munroe by phone at 734-288-8798 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry deadline is February 24.
Topics include: Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Research or Cloning, Euthanasia, and Infanticide. Speeches are to be 5 – 7 minutes long. Students are welcome to visit the RLM Resource Center for information M-F, 9 am to 4:30 pm, located at the corner of 20th St. and Eureka in Wyandotte (734-282-6100) and www.rtl.org for research information. Contestants are encouraged to invite family, friends, and teachers to attend the contest and support them. Refreshments and a comfortable setting provide family and friends an opportunity to encourage those participating.