He looks like your average modern-day American hipster.
But Jeff Durbin’s views are resolutely old school – to the point where he thinks women should be executed if they have an abortion.
The 38-year-old, who is a pastor at Apologia Church, in Arizona, believes abortion is ‘worse than the Holocaust’.
Based in Tempe, Red Door Ministry, run by the Apologia Church, is a pro-life group campaigning to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that gave women a constitutional right to an abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.
Durbin said: ‘We might look different than people without hair and suits and ties, but our beliefs are pretty ancient.’
Controversially, the young pastor even draws a parallel between abortion and the Nazi genocide, but says the comparison is unfair – to Hitler.
Durbin said: ‘We consider abortion to be the modern day Holocaust, although I believe it is a bit of an insult to Hitler to compare what he did in Nazi Germany to what we have before us.
‘If you take a body count of Hitler’s Germany to what we’ve had since Roe v Wade, we beat him by the metric tonne.’
But with new US President Donald Trump installed in the White House, abortion rights are once again back on the political agenda.
He wants abortion to be treated as murder (Picture: Barcroft TV)
Durbin also believes that women who intentionally abort their foetus should ultimately face the same punishment.
He said: ‘Whether it’s a mother who kills her child in the womb or a mother who kills her five-year-old twins by drowning them in the bathtub, we would want it to be treated as a murder charge, and for that to be applied consistently under the law.
‘I believe that a just answer to murder is the death penalty. Historically that’s the standard we held to for a long time, and ultimately when God has spoken to the issue of justice for murder, he says it’s a life for a life.’
However, despite the strength of his current devotion, Durbin was raised in a non-religious home.
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