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Trinity Western University says law societies in Nova Scotia and Ontario sent a “chilling message” about religious freedom in Canada by restricting or rejecting accreditation for its proposed law school.
“We are very disappointed,” said president Bob Kuhn in a news release Friday. “These decisions impact all Canadians and people of faith everywhere. They send the chilling message that you cannot hold religious values and also participate fully in public society.”
At issue was Trinity Western’s requirement that its 3,600 students sign a community covenant forbidding intimacy outside heterosexual marriage, which has been criticized as discriminatory against gays and lesbians.
Nova Scotia’s bar society voted Friday to conditionally approve the law school from the Christian liberal arts institution, which plans to open the law school in 2016.
The conditional acceptance means the Nova Scotia’s Barristers Society will only accept articling students from…
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