TWU goes to court over law school

May 8, 2014

Trinity Western University has launched legal action in 3 provinces in order to address what President Bob Kuhn calls threats against freedom of religion and conscience. Provincial law societies in Ontario and Nova Scotia recently voted against allowing TWU law graduates to practice in those provinces; in NS, the law society voted to accredit the school only if changes were made to TWU’s mandatory community covenant. TWU has retained firms in both provinces to challenge these decisions through judicial reviews. In British Columbia, TWU will apply to be added as a Respondent in a lawsuit launched as a challenge to BC’s approval of the controversial law school at TWU. The law school has been approved by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and received preliminary approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education last year. "We are not prepared to throw over the values that have been traditionally held in the Christian community and in the communities of many faiths just because society has changed its sexual ethic," Kuhn said in a video posted to TWU’s website. Rene Gallant, President of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, commented, "what Trinity Western wants to do is ... take religious freedom to the step that turns it into discrimination, and that is not protected by the law." TWU News | CTV News