Christian University in Canada Targeted for Beliefs
UPDATE: 11/01/16 — Trinity Western University won another big case in British Columbia! The Court of Appeals ruled that B.C.'s Law Society cannot deny accreditation to the law school. The court said that denial of accreditation "denies these Evangelical Christians the ability to exercise fundamental religious and associative rights," which are protected under the Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The opinion went on to say: "A society that does not admit of and accommodate differences cannot be a free and democratic society — one in which its citizens are free to think, to disagree, to debate and to challenge the accepted view without fear of reprisal."
Legal momentum continues to build for Trinity Western University!
UPDATE: 07/27/16 — Trinity Western University won its case in Nova Scotia! The decision was released yesterday. The Court ruled that the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society had no authority to "issue rulings whether someone in British Columbia 'unlawfully' violated the Human Rights Act or the charter." The Society may still decide to pursue this case to the Supreme Court. We must continue to fight for victory in this situation!
Trinity Western University (TWU), a Christian university in British Columbia, is facing intense discrimination for their Christian beliefs.
The university’s proposed law school has been put on hold because committees in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia have stated that they will not give graduates of the university licenses to practice law. All students and staff of the university must sign a faith-based covenant. Included in the covenant is a statement affirming the Christian belief that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage, and that marriage should always be between one man and one woman.
Apparently, holding and voicing Christian belief no longer acceptable in Canadian higher-education. We must speak out now to ensure that Christian universities like TWU are protected from disestablishment.
Ontario’s Court of Appeals admitted that this case infringes on TWU's religious freedom, but the decision to refuse licensing was allowed to stand in Ontario because, “TWU’s Community Covenant in issue in this appeal is deeply discriminatory to the LGBTQ community, and it hurts.”
Ontario’s Law Society praised the decision of the Court of Appeals, claiming it promotes “the desirable goal of promoting a diverse profession.”
A profession that has no room for Christian beliefs is hardly a “diverse” profession!
Universities and lawyers are being commanded to disavow their beliefs or stop operating. We must speak up in their defense.
Your signatures on this petition will be sent to the law societies that are refusing to license graduates of TWU. The petition will also be sent to the appeals courts of Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will most likely hear this case once a decision is reached by the courts in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
Please sign this petition to ensure religious freedom for universities and lawyers throughout Canada.