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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Appeals Court Affirms Denial Of Accreditation Of Canada's First Christian Law School

Trinity WesternToronto Star, Ontario Appeal Court Upholds Decision Not to Accredit Evangelical Law School:

Ontario’s top court delivered a strong affirmation of LGBTQ rights on Wednesday when it upheld a decision not to accredit an evangelical Christian law school [Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016 ONCA 518 (June 29, 2016)].

The Court of Appeal ruled that the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), which regulates lawyers in Ontario, was entitled in 2014 to deny accreditation to Trinity Western University’s proposed law school over its “community covenant,” which students must abide by and prohibits sex outside of heterosexual marriage.

“My conclusion is a simple one,” wrote Justice James MacPherson for a unanimous three-judge panel. “The part of TWU’s community covenant in issue in this appeal is deeply discriminatory to the LGBTQ community, and it hurts.”

MacPherson wrote that the decision not to accredit does infringe on TWU’s right to freedom of religion, but not to the point where it must be overturned.

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Ontario’s top court delivered a strong affirmation of LGBTQ rights on Wednesday

I find it amusing, but not surprising, that the courts and the newspapers regard such 'rights' as including legal strictures which prevent their incidental critics from organizing and building their own schools.

Journalists and lawyers are great manufactories of humbug. As for the gay lobby, again and again it behaves in ways which indicate that it fancies itself entitled to everyone's attention and entitled to everyone's applause.

Posted by: Art Deco | Jul 1, 2016 1:37:28 PM

Move the joint here and obtain immediate ABA accreditation. The Kim Davis Scalia Thomas School of Law. Practice ready originalist attorneys who cite Leviticus.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Jun 30, 2016 3:56:59 PM

Wow!

Posted by: Tom N | Jun 30, 2016 2:29:50 PM