17 August 2015

It's Coming South

For some time I've been posting about the challenges to the the ability of Trinity Western University of Vancouver, British Columbia, to add a degree in law to its program offerings. Turns out that TWU has a code of student conduct that limits licit sexual activity to folks who are married to each other, with a commonsensical definition of marriage as between a man and a woman. For a brief survey of my posts go here, here, and here.

Faced with the prospect of members of the bar who had read the law at such a university, several of Canada's bar councils have voted peremptorily to ban graduates of TWU from pursuing their vocation in their provinces.

TWU has filed legal actions to reverse such discriminatory actions and has met with mixed success. See here (my post about the legal proceedings in Nova Scotia) and here (about those in Ontario).

More recently, since the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell, I wondered how long it would take before totalitarian efforts made their way from north of the 49th parallel to the United States. The short answer is, not long at all.

This past Friday saw the Council on Legal Education of the American Bar Association--the organization that accredits law schools in the U.S.--give notice that it had initiated review of Standards 205 ("Non-Discrimination and Equality of Opportunity") 206 ("Diversity and Inclusion"). Standard 205 currently provides a religious exemption, which, however, has its limits:

This Standard permits religious affiliation or purpose policies as to admission, retention, and employment only to the extent that these policies are protected by the United States Constitution. It is administered as though the First Amendment of the United States Constitution governs its application. (Emphasis added.)
The import of such reviews is obvious. The result of these reviews are not certain but the pressure to force law schools to abandon any standards of conduct for students or faculty to the extent those standards impinge on sexual autonomy will quickly increase

It may be a matter of time before the totalitarian remaking of reality overcomes all resistance. Assimilate or close is the goal, and the wheels of bureaucratic compliance will grind to dust all who stand in the way.

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