Trinity Western is an accredited Canadian university located in Langley British Columbia. Born in 1962 as a Christian college operated by the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, Trinity became a university in 1985.
Trinity Western has strict policies regarding sexual conduct. Prospective students must sign a “promise” not to engage in same sex shenanigans. Sexual intimacy violating sacredness of marriage between a man and woman = guaranteed expulsion. A decade ago, B.C.’s College of Teachers refused to recognize Trinity teaching graduates – the Supreme Court ruled their concerns unfounded. The court weighed religious and equality rights, concluding no evidence existed to substantiate concerns of teacher discrimination. Lacking evidence of teacher misconduct – Trinity was free to school anti-gay teachers.
Trinity fell off radars until a December 2013 announcement – B.C. government approval of Trinity Law School.
“The Degree Quality Assessment Board reviewed Trinity Western University’s proposed law degree and found that it met the degree program quality assessment criteria for private and out-of-province public institutions,” he said.
“Further, the review by the Federation of Law Societies confirmed that graduates of the proposed law program could meet the national standards to practice law.”
Not so fast Trinity – same sex marriage is legal in Canada. Hold your horses Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk – British Columbia Lawyers have a message for you. In June of this year, a rare gathering of B.C. Lawyers voted 3,210-968 in favor of rejecting accreditation of Trinity law. Law Society rules stipulate if results of the vote aren’t implemented in a year, they can force a binding referendum.
Today Education Minister Virk withdrew his consent.
“Based on the current situation, I have decided to revoke my approval of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University,” he said in an emailed statement. “This means the university cannot enrol any students in its proposed program.”
“The current uncertainty over the status of the regulatory body approval means prospective graduates may not be able to be called to the bar, or practise law, in British Columbia. This is a significant change to the context in which I made my original decision,” he added.
Trinity Western president Bob Kuhn expressed disappointment.
“It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the minister to have revoked his approval of the school of law program,” Kuhn said in a press release.
Difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis? Holy crap. All I can say is Canada dodged a bullet. Sleep well Canada, the prospect of Lawyers encouraged to discriminate against law abiding citizens of our nation has been averted.