We call on Mr. James Turk and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to stop its unwarranted investigation into the academic freedom of private universities and issue a public apology to
The CAUT claims to be "an outspoken defender of academic freedom" who "works actively in the public interest to improve quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in
The CAUT, under the guidance of its President James Turk, recently formed a committee to spend months investigating the faith statements of private
This is not an open inquiry into the truth and it verges on harassment. No issue about private Universities has been raised by the CAUT membership and none of the Universities involved are governed by the CAUT. The CAUT is unfairly smearing the good reputation of the Universities in question without verifiable evidence.
As concerned Canadian citizens who want to protect the freedom of both academic expression, speech, and religion in our democratic society, we echo the call of concerned University Teachers to "cease its harassment of these institutions, for which there is no mandate from the membership at large. This harassment is inconsistent with the ethos of religious freedom affirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada and human rights law."