Posted by Joanne D’Arc on 08/12/2022 17:45 (at Quebec Life Coalition)
By Joanne D’Arc (Quebec Life Campaign)
Following the reversal of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, a number of artists and musicians around the world have spoken openly about abortion. Among them, Kendrick Lamar exclaimed “Godspeed for women’s rights” or “God is for women’s rights” and “They judge you, they judge Christ” or “If they judge you, they judge Christ”.
It is in this way that at the end of his performance of the song “Saviour” at the annual music festival in England, at Glastonbury, Kendrick insinuates that Jesus Christ would be for women’s rights to abortion. Furious and concerned about this heresy, Montreal artist Mayne Champagne composed the song “Vanity” which denounces this blasphemy.
Mr. Champagne is a hip-hop artist who has undergone a major conversion in his life. The CBC news report tells us that he spent his teenage years on the run from authorities and nearly eight years back and forth from prison. He recently moved from Toronto to Montreal and we had the pleasure of chatting with him during an interview with Campagne Québec Vie on August 10, 2022.
Joanna for CQV: Monsieur Champagne, what inspired you to compose the song “ Vanity ”?
Mayne Champagne: I wrote this song in response to Kendrick Lamar’s song that he presented at the Glastonbury Festival. I discovered his blog online and saw that he was wearing a crown of thorns like Christ. Then I realized that he is trying to influence the public with a message about abortion and women’s rights. He let people think that women’s rights are more important than children’s right to life. I don’t agree with that […]. I don’t think he understands the magnitude of what he’s done. He made everyone believe that abortion was a matter of women’s rights, when it is a matter of life and death.
J: Is this way of seeing things recent for you or have you always thought this way?
M.C: I always thought that way, deep in my heart. When I was little, my mother introduced me to church, and then I left church for a while. Then, there are several events in my life that lead me to always feel called back to church. Then, there are several events in my life that led me to compose the lyrics of my song, of which my recent return to church and the influence of a friend from work were decisive.
J: Do you consider yourself a pro-life activist?
M.C: I don’t consider myself an activist, but I think what I do is related to activism. I wrote this song mainly because I thought what Kendrick was doing was sacrilege. How dare he say that Christ would be okay with abortion in 2022? Personally, it came to me that he slandered the name of the Saviour. It disturbed me that Kendrick showed up with a crown of thorns on his head made out of titanium and diamonds and then insinuated that Jesus would co-sign abortions in 2022. To me it’s a problem to invoke the name of Christ in connection with the pro-choice cause in this way.
J: Indeed, because that is not what Christ taught us in his teachings…
M.C: That’s it, if Christ said “ I am the way, the truth, and the life ” (John 14:6), he cannot co-sign abortions, if that were the case, he would have said “ I am the way, the truth, and the death ”.
J: Well said.
M.C: And I will add that I don’t like how today’s culture imposes on people that they cannot call themselves “pro-life”, but rather that they must call themselves “anti-abortion”. . The truth is that unborn children are the most vulnerable people on the planet. One would go the extra mile to help an elderly person or put a child on life support, so why wouldn’t unborn children have the same chance of living?
J: Is there anything else you would like to add?
M.C: Yes, I would like to add that in my opinion, what is “right” must remain right and what is “evil” must remain evil. No matter how one tries to present the facts, one cannot reverse the nature of good and evil. Abortion is the only process in which someone’s death is considered a success. When you start to think with this type of logic, there is something absurd there. Think about it. [He repeats himself for emphasis] This is the only operation in the world in which someone dies, it is referred to as a “success”. It’s deep.
J: Indeed, because people don’t recognize life from the moment of conception.
MC: Exactly. Then, people always ask me the same question. What about rape? The truth is that the majority of people who abort their unborn children are not rape victims. These people do it because it is an inconvenience for them to have a child. I sympathize with people who experience rape, but let’s try to be realistic for a moment. In the majority of cases, abortions take place, because it would be inconvenient to have a child for them at this time in their life.
J: What would you say to a person who has been raped and is considering an abortion?
M.C: That’s a difficult (and hard to swallow) question. I can’t force my beliefs on another person. The person who was raped did not ask to be raped. At the same time, the unborn child in his mother’s womb, didn’t ask to be here either, so why should he pay for the act of rape? It is a dilemma. But the reality, whether you choose to recognize it or not, is that this child is a human being who comes from God, no matter how he came to this planet. I would add that I have friends who are victims of rape, and being a man, I will never be able to fully understand what they have suffered, on the other hand that does not change the nature of the human being which could result from such circumstance.
J: Mr. Champagne, that’s all the time we have so thank you for this interview and I wish you much success in the future.
M.C: Thank you for the interview as well. I am grateful for the support from you.
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