Friday, June 15, 2018

Supremes Side With Law Societies, Nix Christian Law School

It's a bleak day for BC's Trinity Western University.

The Supreme Court has upheld the right of provincial law societies to reject the graduates of a proposed Christian law school over a rule that prohibits students from having sex outside of heterosexual marriage. 
The ruling may end the dream of Trinity Western University, of Langley, B.C., to open a law school. The B.C. government withdrew its approval of the law school after the Law Society of B.C. refused to license its graduates. 
“It is inimical to the integrity of the legal profession to limit access on the basis of personal characteristics,” the court said in a 7-2 decision. (There were two 7-2 decisions, in separate cases involving the B.C. and Ontario law societies.) “This is especially so in light of the societal trust enjoyed by the legal profession.”

The case was one of the most widely watched freedom of religion cases in Canadian history. A record 26 groups, mostly from the faith, same-sex and legal communities, intervened, offering the court legal arguments and social context.
Unlike the hedonistic hell pits that pass for typical Canadian universities, Trinity frowns upon sex, drugs and rock'n roll. And, definitely, no homos - nope, never, absolutely not.

Oddly enough, though, the school's teams are called the "Spartans." I'm not sure they thought that one through given that Spartan warriors were supposedly dead keen on pederasty, man-boy love.


rumleyfips said...

Not that long ago , Stevie Harpoon tried to hobble the Supremes. Just another evangelical loser.

We should all be proud of the best high court in the world.

The Mound of Sound said...

Agreed, Rumley. I've seen none finer.

Anonymous said...

"It is inimical to the integrity of the legal profession to limit access on the basis of personal characteristics"
What limit??? Opportunities abound at the law school at UBC and elsewhere. TWU also offers graduate degrees in nursing and in education. No problem there and these professions are more involved with interpersonal contact.
Decision by SC smells of discrimination, discrimination of free thought.
A disclaimer: I would never be admitted to TWU

The Mound of Sound said...

Anon, I understand that you don't get it. And that's where it ends - you don't get it. Sorry, I'm not here to explain it to you.

Trailblazer said...

The danger ,as I see it, is that TWU could produce future Judges.
Having a Judge that bases his opinion on his religious beliefs and not statutory law is not a good idea.


Trailblazer said...

This is likely what the TWU would support..

This is what Sessions said at a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Thursday, according to NBC News:

Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order. Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.


Anonymous said...

Mound, it is you who you did not get it but, I will explain it for you.
As a fellow, who is producing a blog aspiring to promote an informative & illuminating view of the reality, you should be very wary of promoting a mono-culture of thought. A diversity of opinions and ideas (those which do not promote hate) actually does more to foster the societal progress than arbitrary limits on freedoms.

A second disclaimer: I am not familiar with the full decision of SC but read summaries published elsewhere.

the salamander said...

.. both Sessions & the glib Huckabee Sanders just interpret 'Law' to suit their purposes or Trump's. I myself am fed up with the out of control intersection of politics and religion. To think a law course would be added to the confused disaster would sicken me. Politicians like Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and other faux christians are dying to meddle with curriculums at all levels of schooling and stir in their particular religious angst & dogma. BTW .. has anyone seen a statement from Herr Scheer re the Trump seperations of children from parents a la Sessions & Huckabee Sanders ? Does Scheer have a position? Or is too busy with his star MP's like the idiot Marilyn Gladju, drafting commments about Mexicans will head up here once weed is legal.. raping and pillaging christian churches. It does seem religion and marijuana end up in conflict..

Anonymous said...

What race is more religious than Mexicans...anyone know? Anyong.

Anonymous said...

People are free to think what they like and this decision doesn't change that.

Law societies have a very different relationship with universities than do teachers' and nurses' colleges. Unlike the latter, law societies don't set educational requirements - that's up to the universities. The law societies simply offer some universities "accreditation," which allows their graduates to fast-track the licensing process. Graduates from unaccredited law schools, including Harvard, Yale and Oxbridge, can still be licensed, it just takes longer. Nobody's stopping TWU from running a law school according to their understanding of Christianity.