Province approves Canada’s first Christian law school amidst attacks over sexual beliefs
LANGLEY, British Columbia, December 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s first Christian law school will open its doors in 2016 after B.C. provincial authorities approved Trinity Western University’s (TWU) application today in the face of massive opposition from a council of law deans and an outspoken pro-abortion lawyer threatening a lawsuit.
“We are thrilled with this news,” TWU President Bob Kuhn told LifeSiteNews after the province’s Ministry of Advanced Education gave the school the green light.
TWU cleared its first hurdle on Monday after it received approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Council of Law Deans attempted to kibosh the law-school proposal because of TWU’s “community covenant” that requires all students to adhere to Christian sexual morality, including to “voluntarily abstain” from “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Pro-abortion civil rights lawyer Clayton Ruby added his voice to the clamor against the proposal by threatening to challenge TWU’s accreditation in court should it be granted approval by the province.
It is not clear at this point whether Ruby will carry through with his threat.
Kuhn told LifeSiteNews.com that “cooler minds thinking both legally and logically” concluded that allowing a law school at a Christian establishment does not discriminate against anybody.
He said that critics of the proposal have a “lack of understanding as to what Christianity really stands for.”
“It’s largely an anti-Christian approach,” he said.
“I think it’s very easy for people to criticize things they don’t understand.”
Kuhn said that the quality of the students graduating from the school speaks for itself.
“There’s not a shred of evidence that our educational environment creates people who are anything other than fully qualified in character and competence of the highest rank in the Canadian context of post-secondary education.”
Gwen Landolt, lawyer and National Vice President of REAL Women Canada, told LifeSiteNews.com in a recent interview that there is so much opposition to the proposal from the left because it feels threatened by a school that will graduate lawyers and future judges who will be trained to “interpret the law without a liberal bias” but as “willed by Parliament.”
“They’re absolutely terrified that the law will be upheld as written,” she said, adding that the left seems prepared to go to great lengths to “stamp out anything that does not accord with their own liberal ideology.”
The left is terrified that the law will “no longer be a free-for-all for liberal judges,” she said.
With over twenty non-Christian law schools in operation across the country, Landolt said it was “about time” that a Christian law school opened its doors. “It’s a great relief to know that there will be a more objective interpretation of the law,” she said.
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.”
“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.
The School of Law will offer specialties in the areas of charities/not-for-profit law and entrepreneurial law.
School officials say the plan to develop the law schools “fits well” with the university’s mission to “develop Godly leaders for the marketplaces of life.”