OTTAWA - CBC is being accused of broadcasting a biased report vilifying Evangelical Christians.
“While Evangelicals have shown a high tolerance for comment, critique and even ridicule of our sincerely held beliefs, it is still expected that journalists purporting to report unbiased news actually make an effort to do so,” said Don Hutchinson with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).
Hutchinson, the vice-president and general legal counsel of the EFC, released a statement that his group filed a complaint to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
The CBSC is the watchdog for private broadcasters that recently achieved fame for banning the playing of the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing over the word “faggott”.
The CBSC deals with private broadcasters and does not normally have any influence over the CBC.
The complaint stems from a program called Enquete, a news magazine program that runs on the state broadcaster's French language television service. In a recent episode the program claimed that Evangelical Christians have a big sway on the Conservative Party and the Stephen Harper government.
“Evangelicals young and old support and advocate for a variety of causes that include campaigns against human trafficking and child abuse, relief of poverty efforts and support for civil liberties such as assembly, speech, conscience and religion,” Hutchinson said.
Neither CBC nor the CBSC responded to requests for comment.