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The case for Canada’s Trinity Western University’s Christian law school

By Jonathan Kay, National Post

Langley, B.C.-based Trinity Western University (TWU) is forthright about its Christian mission. According to the University’s “Community Covenant,” its mission is “formed by a firm commitment to the person and work of Jesus Christ as declared in the Bible” and “rooted in the evangelical Protestant tradition.”
 
Other provisions in the covenant make it clear that TWU is interested in attracting a very specific kind of student and staff member: one who accepts “the Bible as the divinely inspired, authoritative guide for personal and community life.”
 
More particularly, students must “observe modesty, purity and appropriate intimacy in all relationships … According to the Bible, sexual intimacy is reserved for marriage between one man and one woman, and within that marriage bond it is God’s intention that it be enjoyed as a means for marital intimacy and procreation.”
 
Needless to say, such a covenant is enormously unfashionable in modern Canada, where gay rights (including gay marriage) have gone from the domain of fringe activism to established human-rights law in the space of just a few decades.
 
[...]  This week, it was reported that Bill Flanagan, president of the Council of Canadian Law Deans and dean of law at Queen’s University, sent a letter to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, expressing his organization’s concern in regard to Trinity Western’s plan to create a law school — on the basis that the TWU covenant “clearly contemplates discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
 
[...]  If Mr. Flanagan is truly bothered by TWU’s pro-Christian “covenant,” he is free to draft an anti-Christian covenant for his own school. And then he can let prospective students decide for themselves which one seems more offensive. The result might be closer to a tie than this dean of all deans might prefer to imagine.
 
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