Abortion lobby lawyer: Christian law school’s moral code is ‘anathema,’ should bar accreditation
LANGLEY, British Columbia, July 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby, best known as the lawyer of choice for the pro-abortion movement and who is now acting as counsel for accused child pornographer Benjamin Levin, has come out swinging against Trinity Western University's application for accreditation of its law school, saying the school would discriminate against homosexuals because its forbids “sexual intimacy.”
TWU’s “community covenant” is a solemn pledge made by all university members to “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.
Focusing on “sexual intimacy” among homosexuals, Ruby said this covenant creates a “queer quota” in Canadian law schools, because TWU’s proposed 60 new places for first-year law students would not be open to practicing homosexuals.
“If you’re queer, you can’t apply to the extra 60 seats,” Ruby told the Globe and Mail. “We find that just to be anathema.”
Ruby also decried the possibility that graduates of a Christian law school would get their training in ethics and rights in an environment he thinks is contrary to Canadian laws.
In an editorial yesterday, the the newspaper supported Ruby, saying that not only should Trinity Western's law school not be accredited, but that it should be forced to abandon it morality code in favor of following the homosexuality non-discrimination policies of American schools.
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"The Federation of Law Societies of Canada should not accredit a new law school at Trinity Western University," the editorial stated. "Doing otherwise would be to endorse the university’s discrimination against gays and lesbians. The FLSC should also use this occasion to follow the lead of its American counterpart and adopt anti-discrimination standards for all law schools seeking accreditation."
Trinity Western University, however, intends to stand firm on both its morality code principles and on its plan to open the country’s first Christian-run law school.
In a media statement earlier this year, TWU maintained that a code of conduct is “normative” for every institution, and that a Supreme Court of Canada decision in 2001 settled the issue that, as a private, faith-based educational community, TWU’s policies are not a barrier to accreditation.
In 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the BC College of Teachers could not refuse to approve TWU’s application for accreditation of its teacher education program based on its disagreement with the university’s “Community Standards” pledge.
"Codes of conduct," TWU stated, "act as a framework for participation and for ensuring an optimal learning environment. Every major organization has a code of conduct. Every university has one, and students who wish to go to a particular university voluntarily agree to it."
The Canadian Council of Law Deans (CCLD) has condemned TWU’s code of ethics as “fundamentally incompatible” with the core values of Canadian law schools and the social values of diversity, since it allegedly discriminates against gay, lesbian and bisexual students. However, TWU’s pledge does not at any point mention the words "homosexual" or "gay."
Supporters of the school have pointed out that the TWU’s “community covenant” applies to all staff and all students, regardless of sexual orientation and that any student, whether gay or straight, who does not wish to abide by TWU’s code of conduct is free to attend another university.
John Carpay, president of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms called the CCLD’s characterization of TWU’s rules “misleading.”
“Nobody is required to abide by these rules, unless a person voluntarily submits to them,” he wrote in an editorial.
“For [the law deans] to suggest that all Canadian law schools must comply with one, single government-enforced ideology about sexual behavior is the opposite of a free society. The imposition of one world view on all institutions is the hallmark of totalitarianism,” Carpay stated.
TWU has six professional schools, including business, nursing, education, human kinetics, graduate studies and arts, media and culture.
The School of Law, the university’s website states, will address "areas of real need in the current law school options, by focusing on social justice, charities law and entrepreneurial law, and it will also develop lawyers with a focus on service."
The TWU School of Law is due to open in September 2015.