Interfaith declaration on Poverty
EFC staff participated with other groups in the Faith and Poverty Forum in March in Ottawa and contrib- uted to an interfaith declaration titled “A Time for
Inspired Leadership and Action,” available at theEFC.ca/
PovertyID (or in French at theEFC.ca/PovertyIDF).
EFC President Bruce Clemenger spoke at the opening of
the forum, and EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley was one
of the presenters in the EFC co-sponsored event. The text of
Beazley’s presentation is available at theEFC.ca/PovertyP.
The forum brought together faith leaders and Members
of Parliament from the standing committee on human resources (HUMA) to dialogue about poverty in Canada. The
HUMA committee recently released a major report on poverty endorsed by the four federal parties.
Around the same time in March, the EFC’s office in Ottawa hosted meetings to encourage the federal government
and all political parties to ensure Canada does its part to try
to cut global poverty in half by 2015, one of the Millennium
Development Goals previously affirmed by many national
governments as well as the Parliament of Canada.
EFC Election Resources
When the federal election was called in March, the EFC
released a free kit of resources about voting, hosting an all-candidates debate at a church, and more. Visit theEFC.ca/
election if you missed it.
Responding to Japan disasters
Visit theEFC.ca/disaster for tips on responding to international disasters such as the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in Japan in March. The webpage includes a link to our
Affiliate Search function, where you can type a term such as
“Japan” to call up webpages of Canadian Christian charities
affiliated with the EFC and welcoming your donations.
New EFC video Clips on adoption, Religious
Bruce J. Clemenger, president of the EFC, recently appeared
on 100 Huntley Street to speak on adoption, fostering, and
the welfare of children in Canada. See theEFC.ca/broadcasts.
The EFC’s Faye Sonier explained and commented on the
Saskatchewan decision to infringe the religious freedoms of
government employees known as marriage commissioners
in a TV news report. See theEFC.ca/broadcasts.
The EFC’s policy analyst Julia Beazley discusses some
misconceptions about prostitution in Canada, advocating
a different understanding of what is mistakenly termed the
world’s oldest profession, and suggesting a better, more just
way forward. See theEFC.ca/prostitution.
Radio-Canada, the French-language CBC service, broadcast
a half-hour documentary in February slandering Canadian
Evangelicals. In response, the EFC filed a complaint with
the Broadcast Standards Council.
Internet bill Passed
Bill C- 22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet
child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service,
became law March 23. This legislation helps protect children
from exploitation by requiring suppliers of Internet services
to report online child pornography.
EFC representatives met in March with Canada’s Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson to commend the government
for the recent passage of this bill.
The EFC also expressed continuing support for Bill C-54,
Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act (at that time in
committee after second reading in the House of Commons);
and to discuss Canada’s prostitution laws and current legal
challenges to them.
The meeting included EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson and EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley.
New Financial savings
EFC affiliates now enjoy discounts on valuable products
and services such as hotel stays, books and resources, long
distance calling, graphic design and more from companies
across Canada. Visit theEFC.ca/benefits for details.
Qur’an violence Condemned
The EFC’s Geoff Tunnicliffe, who also serves as CEO and
secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, condemned the burning of the Qur’an in a church led by American pastor Terry Jones and the international violence that
erupted in March in response to the burning, including the
killing of United Nations workers in Afghanistan.
The WEA says no book of any faith community should
ever be burned or desecrated in any way, and calls on all
Christians to refrain from disrespectful and provocative activities towards all other religions.
The WEA is asking Muslim leaders to call their communities to peace and to publicize worldwide Christian
condemnation of this tiny extremist group who have burnt
the Qur’an. The WEA also calls upon its global community
to pray for peace and an end to this and all violence. FT