A Christian university in British Columbia wants to add a law
school -- but the Council of Canadian Law Deans opposes it because
the school would follow biblical principles on homosexuality.
University, located near Vancouver, is no stranger to
controversy. Employees, instructors, and students must sign a
covenant that, in part, says they will refrain from homosexual
conduct. "In keeping with biblical and TWU ideals, community
members voluntarily abstain from ... sexual intimacy that violates
the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman," it reads.
Yet homosexual "marriage" is legal in Canada.
Anyone violating the school's covenant is subject to dismissal
or expulsion, yet no such action has been taken in the school's
history. However, if the school were to take action, it would
violate Canadian law.
CTV, a Canadian
television outlet, asked TWU president Jonathan Raymond why the
school does not simply change its policy. "Because, you know, we
feel that it's part of our identity as a Christian university to
affirm an ideal and a standard," he replied.
The school's covenant also bans actions such as gossip, vulgar
language, pornography, and alcohol consumption on campus.
But the Council of Canadian Law Deans complains that the policy
at issue "expressly discriminates" against homosexual students and
is in direct contrast to the core values held by every other law
school in the country.
Even though the Council is opposing the move, Trinity Western
University has communicated with lawyers, judges, and academics who
are not opposed. If it materializes, Trinity will be the first
Christian law school in Canada.
In offering benefits to same-sex partners of employees, a
Texas family values spokesman says a local school district is
flagrantly violating the state's constitution.