buying Sex Should be Criminal
The EFC released Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada – Putting an End to Demand in Decem- ber (at www.theEFC.ca/OutOfBusiness). This
comprehensive submission to government proposes a
major reform to Canada’s prostitution laws, based on
the Nordic model proven to reduce prostitution, human
trafficking and organized crime. Several days later, the
Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the
Bedford case, striking down Canada’s laws that prohibit
activities related to prostitution. The EFC also hosted two
screenings on Parliament Hill of the National Film Board
documentary Buying Sex ( www.nfb.ca/film/buying_sex)
in partnership with Defend Dignity. These showings created an opportunity for conversation about the need for
changes to Canada’s prostitution laws with MPs, Senators
and Parliament Hill staff.
What Happened at Presidents Day?
The latest issue of the EFC newsletter Canada Watch is
now available at www.theEFC.ca/Canada Watch. It starts
off with “Presidents Day Includes Visit With Prime Minister.” You’ll also find answers to common questions donors
ask, our regular update on Parliament Hill, a message
from EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger and more.
Faith groups on Quebec Charter
The Canadian Interfaith Conversation, a gathering of
senior representatives of the world’s faith groups, has
signed a statement of concern about Quebec’s Charter
of Values, especially about claims it will bring an atmosphere of neutrality. EFC President Bruce Clemenger was
one of the signatories of the statement, available at www.
Wea Celebrates Latin evangelicals,
The EFC’s global partner, The World Evangelical Alliance
(WEA), is welcoming the establishment of a new Latin
Evangelical Alliance (Alianza Evangélica Latina) formed
in November. Pastor Alberto Solorzano of Honduras was
appointed president of the group, designed to represent
all Latin American evangelical alliances and strengthen
evangelical unity among Spanish speakers.
As Africans mourned the death of Nelson Mandela in
December, several WEA leaders also responded publicly
with their reflections, and together called on “all people
of goodwill to pray for the Mandela family and the nation
of South Africa.”
Details on both these stories are available at www.
eFC expert Speaks against Pornography
EFC policy analyst Julia Beazley recently addressed the
need to protect children and youth from the violent reality of Internet pornography. Her comments at www.
theEFC.ca/ActivateCFPL (scroll down to Nov. 20, 2013)
reflect on her participation in an Ottawa panel on the
harmful impact of pornography on society, children and
youth. The panel, convened by MP Joy Smith, also featured Gail Dines, a prominent expert from Wheelock
College in Boston.
Pray for north Korea
The EFC Religious Liberty Commission recently issued a
prayer alert after 80 people were executed in North Korea,
some accused of possessing a Bible. Read the latest alerts
and sign up to receive them by email at www.theEFC.ca/
as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Faith Today
will introduce members of the board of directors (listed at www.theEFC.ca/board).
We’ll start with a newcomer slated to take
up her position in May 2014.
FT: What makes you want to sit on the
KD: I interned with the EFC as a law student several years ago, and since that time
have remained very interested in its work.
As a lawyer I am specifically interested in
the public policy and religious freedom
issues in which the EFC is involved.
I jumped at the opportunity to join the
board because I truly believe in the work
done by the EFC. It’s an organization to
which I can make a meaningful
My age and station in life enable me to share the perspective
of my generation with the board.
FT: What’s the most important
thing the eFC is doing these
days, in your opinion?
KD: Bringing together many Canadian Evangelicals and speaking
for them with one united voice
on important issues.
FT: What do you think is the biggest
challenge facing Canada right now?
KD: The preamble to our Charter states
that our nation is founded upon prin-
ciples that recognize the “supremacy of
God and the rule of law.” But Canada is
facing a major challenge
to this identity. The pro-
posed Charter of Values
in Quebec is one example
of the many challenges to
the “supremacy of God.”
The reality is that our
nation is culturally and
religiously diverse, and, as
Canada moves forward,
this notion will continue to
The EFC is an important voice in helping to answer the questions which shape
our national identity.
FT: Thanks, Kristin. May God bless
your service on the board and beyond.
Meet the eFC board: Kristin Debs