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.”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.
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.
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.