Faith-Based Universities

If you have to sign a statement of faith to work in a faith-based University is that University stifling the Academic Freedom of its staff or are those who accuse the University of compromising Academic Freedom stifling the University? We look into the controversy.



PART ONE

It's Wednesday, February 9th.

An elementary school in the polygamous community of Bountiful, B.C. is among the highest ranked in the 2011 Fraser Institute Report Card.

Currently, the good news is sure to be a hot topic at upcoming parent-parent-parent-parent-teacher interviews.

This is The Current.

Faith-Based Universities - Paul Allen

We started this segment with a clip from Brian MacArthur. He's the President of Crandall University. It's a small, Christian university in Moncton, New Brunswick. It's one of three Christian universities that has come under fire for requiring its faculty and staff to sign a statement of faith in order to work there.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers says that policy compromises academic freedom at all three of the universities in question. But Brian MacArthur says there's no need to worry about academic freedom at Crandall.

Approximately 150 professors from across the country have signed a petition siding with the faith-based universities and calling on their professional organization -- the Canadian Association of University Teachers -- to stop what they call "bullying" those universities.

Paul Allen wrote the statement for the petition. He's an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Concordia University. He was in Montreal.

Faith-Based Universities - James Turk

James Turk is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers -- the CAUT. He was in Savannah, Georgia this morning.

Faith-Based Universities - Nathalie Des Rosiers

To help us sort out the competing -- and conflicting -- interests in this case, we were joined by Nathalie Des Rosiers. She is the General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She was in Ottawa.

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