As lawyers across Canada attempt to ban law students graduating from a Christian school from practicing law — because of a “community covenant” requiring students to adhere to Christian sexual morality — a new independent public opinion poll of New Brunswickers shows that a little over 43 percent support the Christian students.
Only 27 percent of New Brunswickers oppose allowing graduates from Trinity Western University (TWU) to practice in the province.
The New Brunswick Law Society is scheduled to vote on the issue Saturday.
The poll, commissioned by freedom fighter Ezra Levant and performed by Campaign Research on September 8, had a sample size of 523 people over the age of 18. It has an accuracy rating of 19 times out of 20.
“Despite the drum-beat of the anti-Christian extremists, despite all the fancy people, all the media pundits telling the Law Society to discriminate against Christians, New Brunswickers stand firm!” Levant stated about the poll in a press release.
TWU’s community covenant includes that students must “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” The pledge also asks that university members abstain from gossip, slander, lying, cheating, stealing, pornography, and drunkenness.
Opponents say the policy discriminates against homosexuals and that Canada has no place for a law school that steadfastly abides by traditional Christian beliefs.
But TWU says the real debate is whether or not individuals with a faith perspective remain free to hold religious definitions of marriage.
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So far the law societies of Ontario and Nova Scotia have voted against accepting TWU graduates. But the law societies of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have voted in favor.
The law society of New Brunswick originally voted 14 to 5 in favor of TWU’s graduates in June, but a technicality gave activists an opportunity to force the society to vote again. The vote is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.
Levant is asking concerned Canadians to contact the New Brunswick Law Society and “tell them to stand firm.”
“Tell them to obey the Charter of Rights, and its protection for freedom of religion. And tell them that by far, most New Brunswickers stand with religious freedom, and against the bigots.”
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