Langley’s Trinity Western University is taking on the Law Society of B.C.’s decision not to accredit graduates of its law school.
In front of a packed courtroom on Monday, TWU lawyer Kevin Boonstra says the society was wrong to change its minds earlier this year and refuse to accredit the university’s law grads, based on a popular vote by members.
He says that opens up the possibility of tyranny and discrimination against a minority religious group.
The Christian school argues its controversial community covenant, which all students must sign, is fundamental to its evangelical identity and serves an academic purpose.
That covenant is the reason most B.C. lawyers felt the law school shouldn’t be accredited because it bars sex outside heterosexual marriage.
Religious freedom for a minority
For his part, the Executive Director of TWU’s law school says the courts will eventually decide what kind of country Canada is.
“Do we have a diverse and open and free society, where we can discuss these things. And we may actually leave in those discussions with disagreements, but we must be allowed to have some disagreements as long as its done respectfully, peaceably.”
Phillips adds Evangelical Christians are a minority, and their freedoms need to be protected.
“I don’t personally feel persecuted, but I do feel that this is starting to say you are excluded from parts of Canadian society, and that is a real concern to me.”
The law society will make its case later this week, in a judicial review of the law society’s decision that is set to last five days.