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Outgoing Letters and Public Statements

November 4, 2011

RE: "Deliver us from the universities" and "The problem with Christ on campus", November 2, 2011

To the editor of the National Post,

It was interesting to see these two articles on the contemporary university placed side-by-side in the November 2 National Post ‘campus.’ Both pieces suggest a lack of journalistic effort by referencing United States perspectives to comment on Canadian issues when Canadian perspectives are readily available. Mr. Jonas notes the importance of ‘separating the church from the state,’ an issue that is an interpretation of the U.S. constitution but not one that is either legally or politically at play in Canada – nor, theoretically, on Canadian university campuses. Ms. Kay presents Kevin Roose’s text about his semester on a U.S. campus in application to Canadian concerns. Mr. Roose targeted the one university in the U.S. that was headed up by a leader in the right wing Moral Majority who had publicly commented on the issues highlighted in Ms. Kay’s story long before Mr. Roose arrived on campus. Let’s not forget, Kevin Roose’s intent was to sell books. There are at least three dozen Evangelical Christian universities in Canada that would likely welcome journalistic enquiries to provide comment from the very different Canadian context. Both National Post writers are encouraged to consider Wilfred Laurier University professor David Haskell’s commentary on Canadian journalistic tendencies in Through A Lens Darkly: How the News Media Perceive and Portray Evangelicals.

Don Hutchinson
Vice-President, General Legal Counsel
Director, Centre for Faith and Public Life
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Letter appeared in the National Post as: Don't look south for Evangelical perspectives (scroll to the bottom of the page to find this letter)

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