A private Christian university in Canada that seeks to launch the country’s first religious law school is under attack because it plans to ask its students and professors to refrain from homosexuality.
The 50-year-old Trinity Western University proposed the law school last year, and is now under fire from a group of law school deans in Canada who call the college’s stance on homosexuality discrimination, the Vancouver Sun reported Wednesday.
“Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unlawful in Canada and fundamentally at odds with the core values of all Canadian law schools,” a letter by the deans states.
But Trinity’s president, in response to the criticism, cites a 2001 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that religious schools are exempt from legislation forbidding discrimination against homosexuals based on the principles of “freedom of conscience and religion,” the newspaper reports.
The group of deans, meanwhile, has presented its concerns to the body that decides whether a new law school can open in Canada, the Sun reported.
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