Thinking Out Loud

September 15, 2011

Tyndale University Nixes George Bush Appearance

Filed under: current events — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:42 am

So President Bush (the younger) was due to show up in my backyard, so to speak, next week. 

But not now.  The Toronto appearance has been canceled due to “scheduling conflicts;” or some other such lame excuse; the kind of thing you say when you don’t want to give the real reason.

Seems the event was scheduled in a low-key way as a private event for 150 people, but was also booked with the intent of bringing some “profile” to Tyndale University and College, central Canada’s leading Bible College and Seminary which now also grants liberal arts degrees.  Uh, excuse me: How do you do low-key and profile in the same event?

Actually, it’s easy when you cancel the event.  I think that for next month, Tyndale should cancel a breakfast with Bono and a worship service with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Anyway, here’s the sequence of links for this one as it now stands:

So Tyndale gets its profile after all, but is it the profile it wanted from all this? Did the organization not realize the way Bush is perceived among both Evangelicals and the population at large?  I’m a huge fan of Tyndale University, but I don’t think this was the right guest speaker.  Not here, not now.

Meanwhile, I’m sure other organizations can watch and learn from this strategy.  There are other former presidents and prime-ministers just waiting to have their name attached to a speaking engagement that doesn’t necessarily have to materialize.

Interested in having former President George W. Bush not appear at your church supper or bake sale? Just click the graphic at the top of this item and fill in the form at the agency which represents him.


  1. What does the response reflect about attitudes present and character absent in those that saw an invitation as a opportunity in the first place? What was the board and leadership thinking? Both to invite “W” in the first place and then to offer an excuse so transparently contrived and implausible. What a sad day for Tyndale!

    Comment by Jonathan Tucker — September 16, 2011 @ 12:22 am

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    Pingback by Tyndale University College & Seminary gets it’s ‘profile raised’ | Bene Diction Blogs On — September 18, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

  3. I don’t necessarily see this as a sad day for Tyndale. Yes, the profile got raised in a way no one anticipated, but if you think about it, the transparency and dialogue at the protest website tells me the school did it’s job, turning out alumni with values and critical thinking skills. Important dialogue is happening there, values are being explored, reasons for beliefs laid out.

    Social media at work, and in this case I think a good thing, even if the institution (organization) nurses a black eye.

    How administration handles this going forward is going to be critical, and handle it they must. As publicly as possible after they’ve treated their staff, student body and alumni with the respect due them.

    Comment by Bene D — September 18, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    • I saw the fuller treatment you gave this on your blog, and encourage people to visit Bene Diction Blogs On (see blogroll at right) for more details.

      The second sentence in your comment here is pure gold!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 18, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

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