Trinity Western University Tag

17 Dec 2014 Trinity Western University: FAQ

The Trinity Western University (TWU) case is not a simple prosecutor-defendant case that you may be used to seeing on television. It's far more complex and the outcome of this case may have repercussions in Canadian law, outside of the individual courtroom where this case is heard. To help you understand the case we have asked our legal counsel, André Schutten, to explain the TWU case for our readers. Q. First of all, what are some reflections on the hearing last week (December 16-19)? A. My biggest take away from the entire experience was how wonderful it is to be part of a large community that believes in the power of prayer. Praise God for his goodness and providential care! I received countless emails, text messages, phone calls and Facebook messages recounting the prayers being lifted up for this case. We know God hears our prayers, and I can report that the hearing went well. The judge was very prepared and asked good questions of all the lawyers. We look forward to seeing his judgment released in the coming months. In the meantime, please continue to pray for Justice Campbell, that he receives all the wisdom and discernment to rule justly and righteously.
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16 Dec 2014 TWU update ahead of Nova Scotia court intervention

Click here to watch a video update from ARPA's legal counsel who flew to Nova Scotia today ahead of the court case scheduled to begin tomorrow. ARPA Canada is intervening in the case to be heard at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on behalf of those who are concerned about the impact this case will have on religious freedom. You can learn more about our intervention under Legal Action on our website....

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24 Nov 2014 UPDATED: BMO & 72 Corporations Launch Assault on Religious Freedom

Updated February 12, 2015: Since we first made readers aware of the 72+ corporations which are uniting to oppose a Christian law school in Canada, many of you have taken action. We have heard of people cancelling their personal and corporate bank accounts with BMO and others following up with specific corporations they do business with (see attachments for two examples of letters to BMO from ARPA readers). It only took one day of this article being posted and ARPA received a call from CocaCola, asking why their logo is included below (we were happy to explain why it should concern them). The momentum is only growing.  On March 4, Canadians are being encouraged to move their money from BMO and send the bank a loud and clear message that their efforts against Christians will not go unnoticed.  A website called www.CorporateDiscrimination.com has been launched by the Institute for Canadian Values which profiles what BMO and the Legal Leaders for Diversity are doing. Stay tuned to that site for developments. Members of Parliament, Senators, and ordinary Canadians are speaking up. Read Senator Don Plett's powerful speech in the Senate here. Attached to this article are two other letters that our readers have submitted. Please give them a read and consider doing the same - also to your local branch.   We are very thankful to see that people are taking action. Please don't stop! Follow the ongoing developments at the website above, spread the word, call the corporations you do business with, and continue to pray that God will keep our land free. 
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30 Sep 2014 ARPA interview on Ottawa’s CFRA

On September 16, on Ottawa's CFRA Radio, the Rob Snow show, our legal counsel was interviewed about the Trinity Western case. If you want to listen to the interview, you can stream it online here. André's 7 minute interview begins at the 20:05 minute mark. Towards the end of the show, the host also does an op-ed commentary on the TWU case, starting at the 51:15 mark. To read more about ARPA's work on the TWU case, click here....

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04 Sep 2014 Trinity Western University: Taking a stand to defend a Christian law school

Update (December 16, 2015): Good news! The chief justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal has granted intervenor status to ARPA Canada to make arguments on behalf of the Reformed community in the TWU matter. Stay tuned for a date and a future decision that hopefully will overturn the lower court decision. May God bless the work of the intervenors defending freedom and liberty. Update (December 10, 2015): Another victory! We are very thankful to report that the chief justice of British Columbia has ruled in favour of TWU, quashing...

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13 Jun 2014 ARPA in Vancouver Sun: All lawyers abide by religious covenant

Mark Penninga, Vancouver Sun, June 12, 2014: A strong majority of the B.C. lawyers who voted Wednesday made it clear Trinity Western University's law school grads should not be recognized by the Law Society of B.C. because of the school's Community Covenant. This vote should make our province pause and consider what this means for the broader institution of law and order. If pledging to uphold a Christian understanding of sexuality or marriage makes one unworthy of practicing law, then all lawyers should be unworthy of practicing law because they have also bound themselves to a community covenant which is based on religious convictions and principles. To practice law, lawyers must take the barristers and solicitors' oath. In British Columbia, they swear to diligently, faithfully, and to the best of their ability "uphold the rule of law and the rights and freedoms of all persons according to the laws of Canada and the province of British Columbia."
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21 May 2014 ARPA in Vancouver Sun: Liberal/NDP abortion policy and TWU

Mark Penninga, Vancouver Sun, May 20 2014: Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced last week, just before the National March for Life, that candidates for the next election for the Liberal Party will be required to be pro-abortion. This is clearly discriminatory. It excludes at least half of the population that for religious or other reasons does not support the status quo of zero restrictions on abortion. I joined the thousands of Canadians who marched for Life in Ottawa on Thursday. Many of those who are pro-life are Christians. There was...

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26 Mar 2014 ARPA makes submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada

This morning, ARPA's legal counsel sent a written submission to the policy secretariat at the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). You can read the submission attached to this article below. The LSUC is the body that regulates and licenses all lawyers in the province of Ontario. They are considering whether or not to accredit Trinity Western University's (TWU) School of Law despite the affirmation of other government bodies that have already approved the school. The problem is that there are some activist lawyers out there who think that a Christian who gets his or her legal education at a Christian law school cannot be a good lawyer because they "discriminate" due to the Christian view on marriage. (photo credit) The sad thing is, the LSUC is asking and investigating this issue despite the conclusions of two professional legal opinions, the findings (after extensive investigation) of two government decision-making bodies, and the ruling of an 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court of Canada in a case barely a decade old with virtually the exact same fact scenario. By re-evaluating TWU, the LSUC demonstrates a bias amounting to a religious inquisition. There is no doubt in my mind that if this were about an orthodox Jewish, Muslim, atheist, Black, feminist, LGBTQ or any other private law school formed along associational lines, there would be no such "due diligence". This double standard is evidence for not only why we should accredit TWU, but also why we need to accredit TWU.
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17 Dec 2013 Proposed Christian law school clears major hurdle

We are happy and thankful to report that Trinity Western University (TWU) has cleared a major hurdle on its quest for a Christian law school. The Federation of Law Societies of Canada gave preliminary approval to the university's proposed law school. All that's left now is approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. TWU has been working on creating a Christian law school, the first in Canada, for quite some time. There has been incredible pushback however, especially from anti-Christian lawyers. In fact, even if TWU's law school is...

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01 Aug 2013 National Post Editorial by ARPA’s Legal Counsel

Even the Faithful are Citizens - André Schutten, National Post, Aug 1 2013: The National Post article by Clayton Ruby and Gerald Chan, speaking against Trinity Western University (TWU) and its proposed law school, made for interesting reading. But it not a clear representation of Canadian constitutional law. Indeed, the argument suffered from many misleading claims, not to mention wishful thinking and outright errors in fact. While "debunking" so-called myths perpetuated by the National Post's Jonathan Kay in his earlier piece supporting TWU, the two lawyers themselves misstate the law. Let's take it point for point. In their first "correction" of Kay, Ruby and Chan suggest, "Few Christians accept that homosexuality is a moral evil." With the greatest of respect, Ruby and Chan are hardly experts on the Christian religion. Most practicing Christians are more likely than not to have traditional or orthodox views on marriage and sexuality. But this isn't any of Ruby and Chan's business, nor is it the business of the government or the courts. The Supreme Court made it quite clear in its 2004 ruling in the case of Syndicat Northcrest vs. Amselem that to pry into the sincerely held religious beliefs of citizens is inappropriate.
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