Big win for Trinity Western: BC judge says ban on Christian law school infringes religious freedom

VANCOUVER, December 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Trinity Western University has won round three of its tumultuous battle with Canada’s legal profession, as the B.C. Supreme Court ruled today the province’s lawyers had violated Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms when they rejected in advance graduates of the Langley, B.C. Christian university’s proposed law school.

“The evidence in this case and the relevant precedents conclusively establish that the decision does infringe the petitioners’ Charter right to freedom of religion,” stated Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson.

Hinkson’s ruling echoed Nova Scotia judge Jaimie Campbell’s January decision to nullify a vote by the legal profession there to reject in advance and sight unseen all TWU law grads. The Ontario courts, however, upheld the decision by the legal profession of Canada’s most populous province also to reject TWU law grads.

  • BillyHW

    Michael Coren is going to have a fit.

    • Michael Coren will have a hissy fit. But don’t forget that his dad was a real tough guy who drove a taxi (except Michael Coren never drove a taxi), and he grew up in a tough neighbourhood where he got into lots of fights (except Michael Coren never got into a fight).

    • pettifog

      I don’t watch him. He’s in favour of forcing the school to drop its covenant?

      • BillyHW

        He’s against anything that’s against gay sex.

  • truepeers

    SJWs, among whom i now include a majority of BC lawyers, are not really interested in making life better for students with same sex attraction (or for any group the SJW pretends to defend). The existence of TWU, in addition to all the hedonistic secular state universities, only adds choice to the system for those who might want to seek a discipline in celibacy. No, what the SJWs want is to subvert TWU as a Christian institution and its ideas about the discipline necessary to a civilized existence. All that SJWs ever want to do is to subvert actual working arrangements in the name of some abstract idea of perfect equality, and in the end this desire can’t serve anyone’s real world needs.

    But notice that TWU can’t openly say in the courts that the SJWs are insincere and subversive. They can’t really fight the war on their own terrain and say, yes of course we are being exclusionary: any possible statement about purposes that any institution, or anybody of any religion, or of none, could possibly make about the nature of one’s actual shared work in building up civilization can easily be read and subverted for being exclusionary. Any public school teenager already knows how to do that today. You don’t have to go to law school to play the victim game.

    All institutions, to the extent they remain functional in the face of SJW assaults, are exclusionary. Nothing works without making distinctions about what does and doesn’t serve the institution’s cause. And if the institution has subverted all causes for itself except for “equality” and “diversity” then it isn’t doing anything but subverting real work.

    the role of the law is traditionally (in our anglo culture) to facilitate voluntary agreements and exchanges, which by their very nature are exclusionary. Once the law becomes an endless series of plaints about how “human rights” should be correctly defined from above, so that TWU has to claim, i presume, not that they should have the freedom to be exclusionary but rather emphasize that they have been excluded, then they haven’t really won anything. They will find, on appeal, that “Charter rights” can’t be anything concrete because the attempt to take the work of rights defining away from the institutions that do actual work and define it from above only takes you on an infinite regress into competing and endlessly iterating claims of exclusion that so easily, but also so correctly, can be made by anyone who does not accept sincerely an institution’s sense of its own purpose.

  • Good.

  • Clausewitz

    If I ever needed a lawyer I’d gladly hire one from Trinity Western any day. A lawyer with some semblance of morals? What a concept.

    • Blacksmith

      Spot on!

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  • simus1

    What is very remarkable and very chilling is the fact that, in none of these three different cases in three different provinces, no media has had the stones to profile the anti Christian bigot lawyers behind this vendetta.

    • BillyHW

      That’s because the media are anti-Christian bigots themselves. They hate Christianity because Christianity says it’s wrong for a man to put his penis inside another man’s rectum and then slide it back and forth against the faeces therein.

  • barryjr

    Good. Not being a lawyer or well versed in law I would bet that the SCC won’t hear this based on the 2001 ruling about the teacher training and if they did the ruling would come out in favour of TWU.

  • Exile1981

    Well it’s not like ontario isn’t thoroughly currept and pretty much irideemable at this point.

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  • Dave

    “The Ontario courts, however…” Yup ontario, the same people who elect ‘tard after flaming ‘tard.