Step forward the radical Reverend Patrick Mahoney, a 63-year-old ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church and self-styled ‘Christian social, political and human-rights activist’ who has been arrested more than once for protesting over the issues he feels most passionate about.
The married father of three describes himself as an ‘outspoken prophetic voice for ending the violence of abortion’.
Christian Defense Coalition Director Reverend Patrick Mahoney is arrested in front of the Supreme Court in Washington in 2000, during a demonstration against abortions
Reverend Patrick Mahoney, a 63-year-old ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church and self-styled ‘Christian social, political and human-rights activist’
2017年， The plight of the critically ill baby Charlie Gard has been taken up by a pro-life US pastor with a history of publicity stunts, leading to fears he is trying to exploit the case for political purposes. Rev Patrick Mahoney has flown in to London from Washington to act as self-appointed spokesman for Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, as they fight a court battle to allow him to be taken abroad for experimental treatment.
Mahoney’s self-publicising intervention follows a familiar pattern in the causes he has adopted. The 63-year-old father of three describes himself as an “outspoken advocate for the struggling and oppressed”. He says he has “worked extensively on ... pressing issues of social justice from a Christ-centre biblical perspective.”
He is best known in the US as fervent pro-life campaigner and former national spokesman for Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion group with links to violence at clinics and against abortion providers. In 1992 he was sentenced to six months in jail with three others for breaching a restraining order prohibiting them from demonstrating in front of abortion clinics in Texas.
He is also a founding board member of the US anti-abortion healthcare provider Stanton Healthcare, which helps women with “challenging pregnancies”, including encouraging rape victims to give birth.
In his Facebook profile Mahoney suggests he had a central role in several major recent events. He says he was the first American to walk the Dublin-to-Belfast road for peace, without giving further details. He also says has been “very active in Christian/Islamic dialogues”.