Last March I posted about the CAUT “investigating” Christian universities. They have recently served notice to Redeemer University College that they are investigating whether or not there is true academic freedom for the faculty (since they have to sign statements of faith as part of their employment contracts). Interestingly, check none of the schools that are being investigated are members of CAUT, for sale so it seems really weird that CAUT feels compelled to investigate.
The Hamilton Spectator has a story about the investigation at Redeemer.
David Koyzis has blogged about it.
If you are a professor in a Canadian university or college (Christian or secular), pop on over to the Faculty Statement on CAUT and add your name to the petition to have CAUT cease their unnecessary and uninvited investigation:
We, the undersigned faculty members in private or public colleges and universities in Canada, reject the invasive and unwarranted investigations by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) of supposed infringements of academic freedom at post-secondary institutions possessing a religious or faith-based mandate.
We repudiate the bullying that is evident in CAUT’s publicized report (October 2010) regarding the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, as in its prior attack on Trinity Western University [see TWU’s response here] in Langley, BC.
We object in principle to CAUT’s arbitrary restriction of academic freedom to individuals and its failure to consider the corporate dimensions of that freedom. We note that the very concept of academic freedom arose historically in religiously founded institutions. In a time when colleges and universities are under great pressure to serve the interests of commercial and political initiatives, religious institutions can play a special role in preserving academic freedom.
We also observe that the missional specificity of religious institutions is not without analogue in public institutions, which may contain within them institutes or research centres with their own acknowledged pre-commitments. Both remain free associations of scholars.
We call on CAUT to cease its harassment of these institutions, for which there is no mandate from the membership at large. That harassment is inconsistent with the ethos of religious freedom affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada and human rights law.