|It should be front page news across Canada: British Columbia’s lawyers have just voted to ban any Trinity Western University law school graduate from practicing law in B.C.
Not because these students would be unqualified.
Not because they have done anything unethical.
The opposite, in fact: it’s because Trinity Western students sign a personal conduct pledge to live by Christian values — including to abstain from sex outside a traditional marriage.
Incredibly, this voluntary, personal ethics pledge is the very reason why B.C.’s lawyers are blacklisting Trinity Western students.
It’s shocking. It’s illegal — the Supreme Court of Canada already dealt with this subject, when the B.C. teachers profession tried to blacklist Trinity Western students before. The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favour of the school.
The benchers of the B.C. law society — that is, the small group of lawyers elected to run the profession — had originally decided to do the right thing, and accredit the university. But a group of anti-Christian bigots forced a province-wide vote on the question. And to the profession’s everlasting shame, a majority of the lawyers who voted, voted for bigotry.
These B.C. lawyers surely know that they’re flouting the Supreme Court’s ruling. But these lawyers don’t care — their own anti-Christian bigotry trumps their belief in the rule of law.
It’s a disgrace.
There are lawyers in B.C. from a variety of religious backgrounds — Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, etc. But only lawyers who follow Christian ethics will be banned.
That’s bigotry. That’s un-Canadian. It cannot stand.
Last night I interviewed Earl Phillips, the executive director of Trinity Western’s law school. He was much more polite than me — maybe that’s his job. But I’m steaming mad.
Here’s the video of our interview.
Please watch it, and tell me what you think.
Do you think we should fight back?
We’ve already sent a massive petition to the law society — the largest in B.C. history. But it doesn’t seem to have worked.
I think the next step is to hire a lawyer, to sue the law society, and force them to comply with our Charter of Rights.
We just can’t sit idly by while this discrimination happens right before our very eyes — by the very profession whose mission is to protect our rights.
I’m not ready to announce anything like a lawsuit yet. But I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, we’ve got to keep raising the alarm.
This is bigger than just Trinity Western. This is about freedom of religion for our entire country. This is about stopping the foul precedent that these law societies are setting, that anti-Christian discrimination is somehow acceptable.