Academic and personal freedom at Trinity Western University

Friends and former students of mine who have attended TWU say the vibe there is friendly and open-minded, despite

TWU’s long-standing “community covenant,” which requires faculty and students to refrain from homosexual relationships or risk expulsion. The covenant forbids premarital heterosexual relationships and “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” …

Even though Premier Christy Clark’s government has approved TWU’s proposed law school and accepted the university’s argument that “religious freedom” gives it the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians, TWU’s dream to open a law school has run into heavy pushback from provincial law societies, beginning in Eastern Canada.

In the latest development, B.C. Law Society members this month overrode their own leadership and voted by a margin of 3,210 to 968 to direct their board of governors to deny law society accreditation to the proposed law school.

Douglas Todd’s story in The Vancouver Sun covers the controversy very well. (h/t SW)

 

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