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Canadian high court rules against Christian law school

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/15/18, 01:05 pm

The Canadian Supreme Court severely limited religious liberty in the country on Friday when it ruled against a Christian university trying to open a law school. In a 7-2 decision, the court ruled regional law societies had a right to block accreditation for the school over objections to its community covenant, which requires students and faculty to abstain from sex outside heterosexual marriage. “In our respectful view, the [law societies] decision not to accredit Trinity Western University’s proposed law school represents a proportionate balance between the limitation on the Charter right at issue and the statutory objectives the [law societies] sought to pursue,” the opinion reads.

Leaders of the Law Society of British Columbia initially said the group would recognize the school’s graduates but reversed course after a majority of its members objected. Lawyers in Ontario took a similar stance, while societies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, the Yukon, and Nova Scotia agreed to recognize the graduates. The country’s regional appeals courts split over the question, sending the case to the high court last year.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 06/15/2018 07:51 pm

    A troubling development.  The US has first amendment protections (though obvious not all justices interpret these protections the same way), but countries like Australia, with no such protections and currently awaiting a major report on religious freedom, may go the same way. Adding Canada's recent recognition of three adult parentage, under the guise of "progress", we are witnessing the slow motion implosion of western civilization.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 04:01 pm

    We are well-advised to avoid looking to Canada or Australia as examples.