Is it irony when a small bible college on the Canadian prairies advertises it’s conference on social justice with an emphasis toward violence against women, yet continues to ignore the request of survivors of abuse at it’s own institution?
Or is it hypocrisy?
I don’t know, but it’s rather sad.
Prairie Bible Institute is touting it’s Global Connections conference. It’s easy if you are known as a Christian missions school to look far afield and pat yourself on the back, while ignoring what is right at your doorstep I guess.
‘Global’ conferences on human trafficking seem so much grander than actually addressing what is right in front of you. It’s easier to invite your professors, successful students romping around the world being ‘missionaries,’ a few foreign nationals and well known para-church organizations to educate your students and conference attendees about how seriously your school takes historical abuses and the violence against the children who were through no fault of their own, subjected to the whims of the zealous at Prairie Bible Institute.
It is so much easier to attend seminars about violence against women and human trafficking in the comfort of your school auditorium, then to listen to PBI abuse survivors – to learn how the school which is educating or paying you failed so many. To voice opposition against sexual trafficking in Calgary or Calcutta is so much sexier and exciting than understanding the fallout of abuse on your campus and standing with those who want to see it never happens again. Missions is what happens somewhere else I guess.
I do not fault outside speakers brought into this conference, no one in leadership at PBI is going to tell their guests about the difficulties of addressing historical abuse on PBI soil, nor do I minimize the global scale of violence against women and human trafficking.
PBI survivors are understandably saddened and angry at PBI leaderships tone deafness.
Can hypocrisy be ironic?