According to this article in yesterday’s Toronto Star, President George W. Bush will be giving a talk at an upcoming Tyndale University College & Seminary event where he shall “address the subject of Christian higher education.”
I would encourage fellow Tyndale students (past, present and future) who are concerned about President George W. Bush’s appearance at this event to also write Dr. Nelson (President of Tyndale UC&S) to respectfully give voice to your concern. You can email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Dr. Nelson,
I’m writing to you as a proud and supportive Tyndale University College graduate (Graduating Class of 2006). I’ve always been grateful for and treasured my four years at Tyndale and see them as a truly formative experience in my life. That said, I’m concerned about Tyndale’s apparent willingness to have President George W. Bush speak at an upcoming fundraising breakfast next week. That a Christian University would pursue this sort of relationship with a man who was openly deceitful on a global stage and waged an unjust war in Iraq killing countless thousands of innocent men, women and children utterly baffles me. I’m baffled because I find myself unable to hold in tension the ways of President Bush with the ways of Jesus, who perpetrated no violence against creation but the violence of love and who, in fact, suffered violence and even death at the hands of this very creation. This is the God-man in whom Tyndale claims to have rooted their educational paradigm. Yet, in light of our more recent affiliation with President Bush I fear I cannot help but wonder if we have forgotten the ways of Christ and embraced rather the death-dealing ways of the Bush Administration. As a student of Tyndale I feel it my responsibility to voice these concerns and to take action. I leave you with two questions:
1) The Toronto Star article in which I first learned of this event (NB: I’m curious as to how, as an Alumni, I heard no word of this before the Star article and can seem to find no word of it on the Tyndale website as of 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 13th) says that President Bush will, “address the subject of Christian higher education.” If this is indeed what his talk will address my question is then, precisely how is President Bush qualified to give such a talk?
2) As a graduate and donor to Tyndale I must ask precisely how much it is costing Tyndale (and presumably Tyndale’s donors) to have President Bush come and give a talk?
I suppose you knew in advance that graduates and students would have an adverse reaction to this news. I suppose time will tell if it was worth it.
Grace and peace,
Jonathan R. Turtle.