25 March 2014

More Intolerance from Up North

Awhile back I posted (here, here, and here) first on the challenges facing the application of Trinity Western University (located in Vancouver, British Columbia) to gain accreditation of its program for the study of law. Then, after clearing that hurdle, whether its graduates will be able to gain admission to the bars of Canada's various provinces.

Why might there be a problem? Because TWU has the audacity to require its students to sign a covenant pledging not to engage in sexual activities outside the boundaries of marriage. (When I type marriage without scare quotes I mean the real thing, not as it has been redefined. And so does TWU.) Such a commitment is anathema to the intolerant guardians of tolerance in Canada.

New developments are mixed. TWU's prospective grads might now face discrimination from the Barrister Society of Nova Scotia. You can read the story here. Apparently the bar councils of Alberta and Saskatchewan will not discriminate against TWU's law grads.

The incoherence of a mandatory intolerance in the name of tolerance demonstrates that there is no reason to elevate tolerance to the status of a virtue. I urge our readers who live north of the border to make their opinions known to the Barrister Society as soon as possible.

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