Christian university learning ‘tolerance’ a one-way street
It appears a Christian university will have to appeal to Canada’s supreme court to retain its religious freedom.
Trinity Western University is opening a law school but law societies in several provinces have rejected recognition of its graduates to practice law.
That’s because TWU policy states that students and faculty must not participate in sinful behavior, such as viewing pornography and sex outside of marriage, as described in the school’s “Community Covenant.”
Those rules would naturally include homosexual behavior, leading to the legal fight in Canada’s left-leaning academia and courts.
The latest legal move comes from the Ontario Court of Appeal, which has upheld the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision not to accredit the Christian school’s graduates.
TWU spokesperson Amy Robertson says Trinity is waiting for decisions from British Columbia and Nova Scotia law societies before appealing for religious freedom to the Canadian Supreme Court.
TWU, located in British Columbia, was founded in 1962 after a committee formed by the Evangelical Freech Church of America sought a liberal arts college in the area.
Robertson says the court found the school’s religious rights had been violated but that the infringement was justifiable.
“I think that freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are really important, not just for religious communities but for all Canadians,” she tells OneNewsNow.
Freedom allows one to believe or disbelieve in God, she says, and having the court find an infringement of that freedom is justifiable “is quite scary.”
There is some legal precedent that could benefit TWU. The university won a similar Supreme Court decision in 2001 over its teaching program, and a 2005 law that legalized same-sex marriage included a provision that protects religious schools from being penalized for their biblical views.
TWU further defends its views about the Community Covenant, and explains the current court fight, on its website.