Liam Neeson Resigns From Catholic Boxing Club After Members Upset He Made Video Promoting Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 5, 2016   |   11:16AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

Irish actor Liam Neeson’s pro-abortion views are believed to be the reason why he recently resigned as president of a club that he has been involved with since childhood.

The Irish News reports Neeson first became involved with the All Saints Amateur Boxing Club in his home town of Ballymena when he was 9; and later, he served as its president. The boxing club is associated with the Catholic church.

Local Catholics became upset with Neeson in late 2015 after he narrated a pro-abortion campaign ad for Amnesty International in Ireland, the report states. The pro-abortion campaign commercial called for the repeal of Ireland’s Eight Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life and prohibits abortions except when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.

Though neither Neeson nor club members confirmed it, the actor is believed to have resigned because of the controversy about the commercial, which was labeled “shockingly offensive” and “blatantly anti-Catholic.”

In the commercial “Chains,” Neeson narrated:“A ghost haunts Ireland [meaning the Catholic Church]. A cruel ghost of the last century still bound to the land. … It’s time to lay this ghost to rest. …Repeal the Eighth. ”

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Dave Andrusko of National Right to Life described the ad this way: “an absolutely astonishing ad produced by Amnesty International as part of its full-bore campaign to legalize abortion in Ireland.”

Andrusko continued:

The whole point of the ad is that the Church–the Catholic Church–is outdated and abandoned by the people and therefor its evil, outdated influence on the Constitution must be removed. …

On the off-off chance someone could possibly miss the message, 20 seconds in you see a cross. At that instant Neeson says, “It blindly brings suffering, even death, to the women whose lives it touches.”

There is an immediate jump cut to a relic of a church and Neeson says, “Feared by politicians, this is a ghost of paper and ink.”

Ireland is facing global pressure from the United Nations and pro-abortion groups, backed by some of the world’s richest men, to repeal its Eighth Amendment and legalize abortion on demand.

Pro-lifers estimate that the constitutional amendment has saved more than 100,000 unborn babies’ lives from abortion in Ireland.