Morgentaler’s lawyer will sue BC government for approving nation’s first Christian law school
TORONTO, December 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-abortion constitutional and civil rights lawyer Clayton Ruby — known for his work on behalf of arch-abortionist Henry Morgentaler and now for accused child pornographer Benjamin Levin — will make good his threat to sue the British Columbian government after it approved yesterday a new Christian law school to open at Trinity Western University (TWU) in 2016.
TWU President Bob Kuhn called it “unfortunate” that a “positive story” about a Christian university opening a law school has received such “negative attention”.
“It’s largely an anti-Christian approach,” he told LifeSiteNews.com.
Ruby singled out the school’s community covenant, which requires students to reserve “sexual intimacy” for the “sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman,” something he suggested is discriminatory or “illegal" because he says it would curtail homosexual sex.
Ruby told the homosexual news service Xtra yesterday that having a Christian law school that makes its students adhere to a code of conduct is “immoral and unconscionable and we think unconstitutional”.
"We will be taking them to court,” he said, adding that he hopes the approval will be struck down.
In approving the law school, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk noted that TWU does not receive any government funding and that it met the “degree program quality assessment criteria for private and out-of-province public institutions”.
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“Further, the review by the Federation of Law Societies confirmed that graduates of the proposed law program could meet the national standards to practise law”, he said in a press release.
David Eby, provincial NDP opposition critic for advanced education, joined Ruby and company in voicing his displeasure with the approval.
"The covenant is clearly discriminatory, and in this day and age to approve a law school at an institution that doesn't treat gays and lesbian students the same as everyone else that goes to the school is bizarre," he told Xtra, adding that he would write a letter of protest to both Virk and Premier Christy Clark.
"The government should be saying to Trinity Western, 'Please fix the covenant to treat everyone the same,’" he said.
But Kuhn told LifeSiteNews.com that the school applies the “same principal of no premarital sex” to everyone who is admitted. “The same principle applies to heterosexual and to homosexual,” he said. “There’s really nothing to discriminate against.”
Kuhn made it clear that TWU’s doors are open to everyone, as long as they agree to live by the school’s community values.
“It needs to be said that all students (gay or straight) are welcome to attend TWU, providing they meet our academic requirements and agree to respect our community values,” Kuhn said.
“Like most religious communities, we have established a set of values and principles to guide our daily lives; ours are in a manner consistent with Christian teaching. Chief among those values is to show love and respect for all people at all times,” he said in a press release.
Kuhn noted the irony of people fighting against a Christian law school when the country’s entire legal system is founded largely on Judeo-Christian values.
“A law school that premises its teaching on Judeo-Christian values — which are in fact that foundation of our whole legal system — is somehow critiqued as being inappropriate for training young lawyers in the 21st century.”
“That seems to be forgotten in the process,” he said.
An online war chest aiming to raise $30,000 for Ruby’s legal challenge was launched yesterday, with thousands already raise, the Globe and Mail reported.