Members of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) in Canada are urging their organization to revoke its accreditation of a new law school at Trinity Western University because of the University’s rules prohibiting students and faculty from sexual relationships outside of traditional marriage, according to Inside Higher Ed.
Trinity Western University is an evangelical Christian institution located in Langley, British Columbia. Newman Guide-recommended Redeemer Pacific College is located within Trinity Western and Catholic students take classes at both institutions.
In April, the LSBC approved Trinity Western’s accreditation, but members of the law society just recently voted 3,210 to 968 to revoke that accreditation. The law society announced that it does not necessarily have to follow its members’ recommendations, but vowed to give the vote “serious and thoughtful consideration.”
In a statement posted on the University’s website, Trinity Western President Bob Kuhn, J.D. warned against “decisions involving fundamental rights and freedoms” being made by popular opinion.
“The thorough process taken by the LSBC should not be undermined by a vocal group that organizes a special general meeting,” he continued. “A just society protects the rights of religious minorities.”
“In a free and democratic society, the faith of TWU graduates cannot preclude them from practicing law,” added Kuhn in the statement.
According to The Globe and Main, the legal societies of Ontario and Nova Scotia previously voted against recognizing Trinity Western’s law school.
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