Alexandra Colen

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Alexandra Colen
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Colen (1996)
Born
Alexandra Maria Catherine Colen

(1955-07-09) 9 July 1955 (age 64)
NationalityBelgium
Occupationpolitician
Spouse(s)Paul Beliën

Alexandra Maria Catherine Colen (born 9 July 1955)[1] is a Belgian politician. She was member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives for the Vlaams Belang party from 21 May 1995 until May 2014. She holds a PhD in linguistics, and is known for her advocacy of strict Catholic ethics.

She is married to Paul Beliën, the editor of the conservative-libertarian blog The Brussels Journal.

Within the Vlaams Blok and its successor party Vlaams Belang, Colen is seen as a leading voice of the religious conservative (essentially Catholic) wing of the party, even holding prayer sessions within the parliament building together with other Vlaams Belang representatives such as Tanguy Veys.[2] She is an advocate of Flemish independence, free trade and is an opponent of abortion, euthanasia and LGBT rights.[3] In 1997-1998 she was a major force in protesting images and text encouraging sexual arousal of infants in a text book used for catechism

Re-elected as second candidate on the Antwerp Vlaams Belang list in 1995, 2003, and 2007, she was lijstduwer in 2010 but managed to get re-elected. Colen quit Vlaams Belang in 2013 and remained an independent member of the Chamber until the end of the legislative period in 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.dekamer.be/kvvcr/showpage.cfm?section=/depute&language=nl&cfm=cvview54.cfm?key=00827&lactivity=51
  2. ^ "Alexandra Colen (VB) richt gebedsgroep op in parlement". Gazet van Antwerpen. 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Belgische VB-kamerlid vergelijkt Pride met kerkschandalen". COC. 15 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Alexandra Colen keert Vlaams Belang de rug toe". Het Nieuwsblad. 31 January 2013.