Bound to have happened, you will say, especially given events such as the howling drooling hate-filled mob that terrorized Brandon Eich out of a job. Eich’s thoughtcrime was so intolerable to the Tolerance Brigade, and so easy to punish, that it was only a matter of time before the earnest would direct their fury towards pre-thoughtcrime, which is thoughtcrime which has not yet happened.
Trinity Western University in British Columbia runs along Christian principles. According to the CBC (Canada’s more muscular NPR/PBS), students at TWU “must sign a strict Christian covenant governing behaviour, including abstaining from sexual intimacy ‘that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.'”
Now a sane man reading that would say to himself, if he could be brought to say anything, “A Christian university which asks its students to act like Christians? Ho hum.” But, as you are an intelligent reader and thus will have already guessed, we are not dealing with sane men.
The Law Society of Upper Canada has voted 28 to 21 against the accreditation of Trinity Western University’s proposed new law school in B.C.
The vote means graduates from the B.C. university would not be able to practise in Ontario.
The Law Society of Upper Canada is anxious to tell Canadians that its decision had nothing to do with the way TWU would teach the law. No, sir. Instead, the Society did not like that if they allowed the school, enrolling students would allow future lawyers who would commit thoughtcrimes (hence the pre-thoughtcrime).
In an even-for-lawyers long-winded hearing to deny TWU’s accreditation, a Mr. MacKenzie (pdf, pp. 28-29) said that lawyers “have a special responsibility to honour the obligation not to discriminate on grounds that include sexual orientation.” Yes, a “special” responsibility, and where, presumably, “sexual orientation” is a code phrase for sodomy.
MacKenzie’s argument (p. 29) which was echoed by others and which won the day was this:
I don’t think any of us should disagree with the approval committee’s finding that Trinity Western University has a curriculum that complies with our requirements nationally for entry level competence, but I do have a very considerable concern about the questions of values that is raised by the Community Covenant requirement, which, in my respectful submission, must be discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation.
There is more than one organization that can accredit TWU. One such group, the B.C. Law Society, already has.
But—there had to be a but—“a non-profit organization founded to ensure women’s equality rights under the law, argued against the university law school’s accreditation [with this second group] in B.C.” The ladies who run this organization, and the men who work there, too, found it intolerable that TWU would graduate lawyers who committed thoughtcrimes. Unfortunately for these incensed ladies, the “B.C. Law Society voted to accredit the school.”
But a busybody lawyer named Michael Mulligan challenged the accreditation ruling in such a way that he has forced the accreditation society to reconsider its decision.
Mulligan believes the vast majority of lawyers take issue with the university’s covenant, which he says is at odds with a core principle of the lawyer’s oath to uphold the rights and freedoms of all according to the law, and will vote against it.
Should we tell Mulligan that if “all” had the same rights and freedoms, there would be no need of prisons in Canada? Let it pass.
A third group, the Nova Scotia Law Society, also approved TWU, but only on the proviso that students there not commit thoughtcrimes and that TWU drop the covenant. The Globe and Mail reports, “Detractors say allowing Trinity Western to train only those law students who agree to abide by the covenant is discriminatory.”
Why, yes, it is discriminatory. Just as it is discriminatory for the various law societies to withhold accreditation. Just as it is discriminatory to arrest bank robbers or to choose “organic” over non-organic food (can you even have non-organic food?).
Rod Dreher reports on the Brigade’s efforts in the US, quoting from the Heritage Foundation, which quotes the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty: “the American Psychological Association, the accrediting body for professional psychology programs, threatened to revoke the accreditation of religious colleges that prefer coreligionists, in large part because of concerns about codes of conduct that prohibit sex outside of marriage and homosexual behavior.”
Why stop at law schools and psychology programs? TWU and other private universities also have nursing and education schools. The Tolerance Brigade can’t let Christian and Muslim nurses and teachers have contact with patients where the potential for contamination is high, can they? Should we close all hospitals named after Saints?
Diversity Update! Here comes the bride. And another one. And another one! Meet world’s first married lesbian THREESOME…and they’re expecting a baby due in July. Anybody commenting negatively on this story will have his name taken down.