By John-Henry WestenÂÂÂ

OTTAWA, January 30, 2006 ( – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), the national association of evangelical Christians in Canada, has expressed concern “that some of the principles Evangelicals are committed to were portrayed as ‘extreme’ during the campaign.”

The organization which represents more than 140 affiliated denominations, ministry organizations and educational institutions, said in a post-election statement: “Protecting the unborn and holding to the traditional definition of marriage are two of those principles. These views are shared by many in Canadian society across religions and social/cultural lines. We trust that as Members of Parliament engage in open and honest debate, there will be respect for a diversity of views on the issues of the day.”

As expressed in a recent editorial on the 2006 election, “Never before have pro-life, pro-family and pro-faith Canadians been as frequently and broadly painted as extreme, scary, and harbouring secret agendas.” However, the biased labelling continues.

In a story carried by the supposedly neutral Canadian Press, reporter Sue Bailey writes that a win on the vote to revisit the homosexual ‘marriage’ legislation would be a disaster, rather than a victory, for the Conservative Party.Â

The fact that polls have consistently demonstrated Canadians are split down the middle on the issue, seem to have been lost on Bailey as she writes, “It would also be a costly and perhaps fruitless attempt to redefine marriage as the sole domain of one man, one woman – a fight that would only shine a spotlight on the party’s most extreme social conservatives.”
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Despite the media vilification of moral conservative views, such stands (when clearly expressed) did not serve to hurt candidates’ political fortunes. In fact, a post-election analysis reveals that in the last two federal elections, with only three exceptions, all the Liberal Party incumbents listed as pro-life were re-elected. In two of those exceptions, pro-life Liberals were replaced by pro-life Conservative Party MPs.