There is an odd little item at OneNewsNow out of the US. Well, not odd considering it is OneNewsNow is a news arm of the American Family Association, designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.
Charles McVety says he is back on tv.
A Canadian preacher is rejoicing that his television program is back on the air, but more so that free speech is being restored in his country.
Dr. Charles McVety of Word TV is president of Canada Christian College in Toronto. He tells OneNewsNow he was attacked for preaching against “the radical sex agenda of the elites” and was forced off the air in 2011. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council first objected the preacher’s criticism of curriculum in the country’s schools that taught the existence of six genders — not just male and female. But he is now celebrating a movement of freedom, as the government has removed the anti-free speech clause of the Canada Human Rights Act.
…But with the country’s censor board still targeting preachers, McVety asserts that they are not out of the woods yet.
“So, we still have to fight this fight of being free to preach the gospel,” he accounts. “And even if it’s politically incorrect, we still must have the freedom to speak truth and to speak righteousness to a nation.”
McVety’s new program, The Canadian Times, airs Sunday nights on Vision TV.
I admire a couple of Canadians who braved the comment section under the article to explain that McVety’s description of events which got him yanked off CTS don’t match up with reality. If nothing else, he is a master of hyperbole, and OON readers swallow what was said hook, line and sinker. The only other pick up of this that I found is at Lifesite, which says the show was announced by pr, and started airing on Vision TV in June. The headline is predictable; Canadian preacher censored for ‘discrimination’ back on the air. At least Lifesite had the decency to put scare quotes around discrimination. McVety’s hyperbole is toned down a bit for Canadian consumption, but not much.
The Canadian Times, McVety’s new show, made its debut earlier this month on Vision TV. It airs every Sunday evening at 11 PM. The show sports the same look and flavor of the old show, just with a different name. McVety is as outspoken as ever.
“Freedom is making a comeback in Canada,” he said in the press release.
In 2011 McVety formed The Canadian Religious Broadcasters Association in response to the demise of his show, Word.ca. Sounds grand, but there doesn’t appear to be any members. If a Canadian broadcaster wants to be part of the National Religious Broadcasters (US), they don’t need a Canadian Association to do so.
The Canadian Times website states ‘EC Publishing since 1904′. I take it this has been some sort of newsletter for McVety’s Evangelical Association. (not to be confused with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) but if someone who knows Canadian evangelical fundamentalism history can pop into the comments and shed some light, feel free. The website was registered by McVety in 2007.
Vision TV is a member of The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. How long is McVety going to last this time before he violates CBSC Ethical and Equitable Portrayal Codes again?
Update: From a knowledgeable friend of the blog: “EC refers to Evangelical Christian which was a publication of some substance throughout much of the 20th century.
…Charles McVety’s father, Elmer, obtained the publishing rights in about the 1950s and published EC as a magazine in connection with the Evangelical Christian bookstore, a downtown Toronto institution. Charles inherited those publishing rights and, from time to time, published the magazine.”