Canadian Law Deans Criticize Effort to Start a Christian Law School

The Council of Canadian Law Deans has distributed a letter that objects to Trinity Western University’s effort to open the country’s first religious law school, opposing the institution’s longstanding policy that requires students and faculty members to refrain from having gay relationships. The university’s president, meanwhile, says its policies are consistent with federal and provincial law.

Citing TWU’s earlier legal dispute with the B.C. College of Teachers, Raymond noted the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2001 that a religious school can exempt itself from human rights legislation forbidding discrimination against homosexuals.

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