An evangelical Christian university in Canada has won a decision by the Appeal Court of British Columbia (BC) in favour of its ‘community covenant’ that bans its students from having sexual relations outside of heterosexual marriage.
The Appeal Court of BC yesterday released its decision in favour of Trinity Western University, describing efforts by BC’s law society to deny accreditation to the school’s future lawyers as “unreasonable.”
In a unanimous decision, a panel of five judges invoked religious freedom.
“A society that does not admit… and accommodate differences cannot be a free and democratic society, one in which its citizens are free to think, to disagree, to debate and to challenge the accepted view without fear of reprisal,” says the 66-page judgment, according to Canadian newspaper The Star.
“This case demonstrates that a well-intentioned majority acting in the name of tolerance and liberalism can, if unchecked, impose its views on the minority in a manner that is in, itself, intolerant and illiberal.”
That’s a surprise. It’s odd given the climate in society that TWU wasn’t ordered to promote same sex marriage. It’s also a shame that America lacks 5 judges with the same level of sense as these 5 Canadian judges.