Canada’s Supreme Court Rules Christian Views Are Not Part Of ‘Diversity’

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In a shock ruling, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School's requirement that students live by basic Christian standards. 

In a shock ruling, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School’s requirement that students live by basic Christian standards. 

In effect, what the court declared is that universities must choose between biblical standards and accreditation. In other words, the court ruled that Christianity and higher education are incompatible.

Update: An earlier version of this article incorrectly implied that Canada had banned Christianity from all schools and colleges in the country. There is no ban on Christianity from being taught in Canada.

LifeSiteNews reports:

Here’s a brief summary of the case for those who are not familiar with it. Trinity Western is a Christian university that requires its students and faculty to live by basic Christian standards. This means that to be a student or faculty member in good standing, you can’t commit fornication or adultery, nor can you engage in homosexual relationships.

There’s nothing surprising with these requirements, and there are thousands of schools in North America with similar standards. These include Christian schools from K-12, Christian colleges, Bible schools, seminaries, and universities.

These standards have long been part of TWU’s mandatory covenant, which requires“that all students and faculty pursue a holy life ‘characterized by humility, self-sacrifice, mercy and justice, and mutual submission for the good of others.’ It requires members to abstain from using vulgar language, lying or cheating, stealing, using degrading materials such as pornography, and ‘sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.’”

Again, this is gospel 101, the basic requirements of Christian discipleship. And it is honorable that TWU seeks to live this out on its campus.

Unfortunately, when TWU sought to open its law school, it fell afoul of Canada’s LGBT activists and their allies. They argued that TWU was discriminating against LGBT students, because of which students graduating with a bona fide law degree should not be allowed to practice law in Canada.

There was a ray of hope for TWU when a regional court ruled in its favor. But now, “In a pair of 7-2 rulings, the majority of justices found the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse accreditation based on Trinity Western University’s so-called community covenant.”

Or, to paraphrase, the Supreme Court ruled that if a Christian law school wants accreditation, it must abandon biblical values. How else can this be interpreted?

“The majority judgment said the covenant would deter LGBT students from attending the proposed law school, and those who did attend would be at risk of significant harm.”

Significant harm? If so, why? Because of biblical teaching. Because of Christian values. This the locus of the battle. This is the point of conflict.

Parse it however you like, but this is the hardcore truth.

“[The judgment] found the public interest of the law profession gives it the right to promote equality by ensuring equal access, support diversity within the bar and prevent harm to LGBT students.”

In other words, “diversity” according to the LGBT lexicon. Diversity meaning “the LGBT way or the highway.” Diversity meaning, “all views are welcome other than biblical Christian views.”

That’s why we’ve been raising our voices for so many years. That’s why we’ve been warning. That’s why we’ve said that those who came out the closet want to put us into the closet. That’s why we’ve said that LGBT activism was never simply about “tolerance.” It was about the silencing of competing views.

And if it could happen in Canada, it could happen in America. (For the skeptics and mockers, give me one good reason why this could not happen here. And note that TWU was not some tiny school hidden in a corner. It has “40 undergraduate programs and 17 graduate programs.”)

Honestly, I don’t know where TWU goes from here. And I don’t know how the believers in Canada will respond.

But I can say this to my friends and colleagues and fellow-educators and communicators here in America: We either use our liberties or lose them. We either stand fast and stand tall and stand strong, or we cower in a corner. We either do what’s right today, or we apologize to our children tomorrow.

It’s time to push back.

What will you do?

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry is a writer at The People's Voice. He covers politics, business and entertainment. Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk, Baxter has travelled in over 80 countries and won arguments in every single one. Live without fear.
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    • Naw. It’s one of the most loving and accepting countries unlike the divided states. The US is a shithole country and religion is a shit stain

      • What loving country? Accepting people that cause your houses made with wood dust and glue to become so much unaffordable that people have to sleep in the street of Toronto? In my country someone can buy a house for less than one month of rent in some area of North Toronto! You can keep your “loving country” to yourself!

    • “I hate when tyrannical government tells me what to do!”
      *turns around*
      “Canada’s a shit hole because they don’t want a tyrannical government telling them what to do!”

      You’re a stupid hypocrite I hope you realize. That means you don’t believe in anything if you think that other people deserve to be treated differently than you or that they’re shithole people for wanting the same goddamn thing that you do. You authoritarians are all the same. You’re the problem because your values don’t align with anyone’s except your racist president’s that fluctuate at the drop of a hat on a daily basis whenever he opens his fat mouth. You “conservatives” aren’t even real conservatives anymore. You’re just fascists.

  1. so they are saying that God is wrong and they are right So they claim to be greater than God and that “they” have the power to make people comply to their Will . without any rights to religious freedom.

      • No, sorry. You’re a retard conservative who thinks anyone who agrees with a liberal is a liberal.

        • No, sorry. You’re a retard liberal who thinks anyone who agrees with a conservative is a retard.

          • Nice language coming from a “chrisitian conservative” aka Chrisitian Taliban. Not buying into your fairytales keep them in your home along with your bigotry where they belong.

          • I find your handle interesting. Noncatholic. Did you grow up Catholic and therefore in your rebellion against Catholicism you reject anything and everything to do with religion?

    • So they want to stop anything about Christianity but yet give special rights to islam & muslims such as shutting down the cafeteria on Friday afternoon to allow muslim students to pray? Can you see the hypocrisy you are doing?
      this is the TSB doing it in Toronto.

      • I said “one thing” liberals got right. I’m not saying I agree with the modern marxist religion.

        • My original comment was not entirely directed at you but rather all the simple minded that have this hate on for anything Christian but gives islam gets a free pass. just pointing out the facts.

  2. Apparently, it is NOT OK to offend gays or lesbians or Muslims, but it is totally OK with our liberals to BAN CHRISTIAN VALUES and that’s not “offensive”. LIBERALS HAVE TO GO faster than they came in.

      • The hell is not imaginary, it is real place of eternal torments, and you can go there even without believing in it’s existence.

        • If Hell exists, it will be populated by “loving” Christians who judge everyone else, despite their god telling them NOT to. At least if I go to Hell, I’ll have somebody to stab with pitchfork.

    • What do “Christian” values have to do with the law? You want to teach that sh!t in religion class, you’re more than welcome. Just don’t do it when you’re teaching LAW CLASS!

    • It’s not OK to abuse other people in the name of your infantile religious beliefs.

      We aren’t cartoons, we are people. YOUR RELIGION IS A CARTOON. You can fawn over it in the privacy of your own home.

      • Abusing people? Who? How?

        – Forcing teachers in the kindergardens to teach that there are no biologic sex, replacing that with “sex at birth”
        – Forcing elementary schools to prohibit female students to wear skirts, with the pretext that wearing skirt can prevent these students to “find their real sex”
        – refusing to call students by their first name because of their male or female first names


        • You obviously have no connection to the education world nor a grasp on reality. Every statement is a fabrication probably recited to to by McVety.

  3. Canada is desperately trying to catch up with the EU countries in inviting the muzzies to take over. .

    • Ohh look another bigoted xtian. Why are you xtians so damn hateful? I am so glad your religion is dying off

      • Jade, you are so fortunate. A=Apple B=Bicycle …… X=Xylophone Finally someone who has another word that starts with X. Your $80,000 education was worth it. You malvaquious piece of parrot droppings, you make me sick.

        • Sure hope your parents got a refund for your education Sunny D; There’s no such word as malvaquious. 😀 Hilarious. How about you go back to school you silly thing? This time focus on English vocabulary and less on Jumpin’ Jaysus.

    • Idiot. World religion should be taught in any classroom or NO RELIGION AT ALL. Anything else is brainwashing and indoctrination. If someone — say a student — wants to make an informed choice, they need to know all their options. Fear of Muslims is based on ignorance of Islam. Ignorance breeds fear — I cite — you.

  4. So it begins, the moral decline of a great country, and all of this can be attributed to Justin Trudeau who will pay for it in the next election as well as the Liberal party of Canada your days are numbered.

    • How long have you belonged to the Chrisitian Taliban gilbert? Most of us don’t buy into your dogma yet you feel the need to push you beliefs on us?

    • When did ‘religion’ ever equal morality?

      What makes you think you define what is moral? Do you genuinely think you have like a halo over your head or something, or are you just a typical arrogant narcissist and know you’re full of it?

      • Well let me ask you this question where did your morals come from, your parents thats who taught you your morals and they got it from their parents, but as generations go on and people stop believing in God morals weaken and the slide begins (pedophelia, pornography, more rape , murders go up, the killing of children and late turm abortions) since you called me a arrogant narcissist, you are probable a God hater and curse Jesus name all day long.


    • Oh, look! It is a kindly American Christian, just sharing the Love of God, Far and Wide!

      BTW, God loves Gay People, too.
      Know who God hates? HATERS LIKE YOU. You’re NOT on his side, no matter HOW many times you drag your useless butt into church to make your phony prayers and your selfish and evil requests.

      • You are wrong!

        – I am not American nor Canadian
        – I never go to these “Christian” churches that in fact are dens of thieves, because I am not one of these people that call themselves “Christians” (but are not).

        – You are right by saying that “God loves Gay People. too”, because God loves everybody, and want that everybody COME TO REPENTANCE, and this why Jesus died: to save as much people as possible. What God hates is not people, but sin.

        – What people do sexually is NOT my business, just I don’t accept that they force me to see their abomination promoted in the street, for God says:

        “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Lev. 20:13)

    • No it’s people like you who need to be hanged. You xtians are the most hateful group of people there is.

      • The Christian church has fallen and has become a Babylon, “the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” I am not part ot that group. They says they are “Christians” but they are deceived and they lie. True Christians don’t hate people but instead pray for sinners. Beside this, politicians must not support sin. Why not also free thieves and murderer and let them make parades in the street to promote their thefts and their crimes? But homosexuality is even WORSE than that:

        “…Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Cor. 6:18

  6. I don’t see the problem here. School should teach things that are tangible, if you wanna learn fairytales it should be on your own time.

    • Fairytale is what schools are forced to teach, that people’s sex may be different than their biologic true sex!

      • Typical radical conservative….can’t spell or put a sentence together. Probably home schooled in a radical Chrisitian home. The cycle continues.

        • FYI, home schooled children out perform public school kids in standardized testing by a wide margin. Why? Because public schools are too busy teaching revised history, how to use sex toys for homosexual sex and how to change their gender at will instead of teaching what they should be teaching. That would include things like reading, writing and math. You must have gone to a public school or you would already know this.

  7. And the Chrisitian Taliban enters the debate in 3, 2, 1. Religion belongs in the home behind closed doors so it dosen’t ruin other’s lives who have no interest in fairytales.

    • while LGBTQ abominations belongs in the street so that they parades brainwashe other people?

    • Do you feel the same way about the islam ‘religion’? If you do why do you not say anything about it?

    • You keep referring to the fairytale of the Christian faith. Here is a news flash for you. If you persist in your belief, you will find that about one nano-second after you die you will receive the biggest shock of your life. However, it will be too late.

  8. I love it when “Christians” get bent out of shape when told they can’t use their “holy” book to justify discrimination.

  9. “Christian colleges and universities will be stripped of their
    accreditation if they continue to promote Biblical standards and
    values. ” Christian values? Stoning your neighbors for working on Sabbath? Selling your kids for silver or goats? Killing your neighbors and taking their virgins for yourself? Which values we’re talking about? You Christians and your cherry picking of the Bible rules are extremely annoying and you while all the time, but you’re more than happy to push your fairy tale on everyone else and demand government funding. STAY OUT OF SCHOOLS, there’s no room there for your fairy tales.

  10. Religion should be taught in churches, not schools. This article reads as if schools were discriminating against those who are not what their perception of their religion is, not all Christian denominations believe the same thing.
    I know I went to a Christian college here in America and it taught things that were totally opposite what I had been taught in church or our home. Things I could find no basis in the Bible for.
    So this may have been the only solution to a long time problem.

  11. I had a 2-3 second vision. The planet earth had airplane wings sticking out. It was spinning in a downward spiral. The vision ended. Then an internal voice spoke. He said “The earth is in a tailspin, but you are in a whirlwind. Unless you draw close to me, you will not endure the things that are coming upon the earth.” A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. Mock, ridicule, provoke all you want. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    • I am so sick and tired of you people’s smug arrogant BS.

      Stop assaulting other people with your religion before they get so pissed they ban it entirely.

  12. This reads like something from the onion. The amount of bullshit is hilarious. So much misinformation. Good thing most people are more intelligent than the author. LMAO

  13. We love this news.

    You do not get to treat people like pariahs, because they don’t adhere to YOUR religion. Reading your entire article, it sounds like this college should be shut down.

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO GROW UP and start living in the 21st century. Whining about your religion not being allowed to harass, abuse, and intimidate queer people makes you sound pathetic.

  14. “Canada’s schools have been encouraged to adopt Common Core values such as ordering children as young as six to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, while teaching them how to use a range of vegetables as sex toys, and promoting anal sex as “normal”.”
    LOL! Is this satire??

    • I cannot believe that people are going along with this idiotic statement. You can tell that many comments here are from people that actually accept that we would ‘ORDER’ “children as young as six to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, while teaching them how to use a range of vegetables as sex toys, and promoting anal sex as “normal”.” I have to ask the same question – Is this satire? Most of the comments here seem to be from deranged people or else they are going along with the satire.

  15. Very good. Once again Canada is ways better then countries where religtards still are on power. christian values like child abuse, hating and killing has nothing to do in schools.

  16. What a stupid,ignorant, neo-conservative fundamentalist Christian article! So full of errors and so manipulative!

  17. Once again, Canada shows the US how it’s supposed to be done. Separation of Church and State, the way the US SHOULD be!

    • Doesn’t sound like separation to me as the state is meddling in the affairs of a religious school. Are they going after Catholic schools next? If you’re not religious, don’t go to a religious school. Afford the same tolerance to others that you demand. Separation of church and state means neither meddles in the affairs of the other. No one has the right to impose their views on others…..that’s a two way street. Quit complaining, agree to disagree, and “live and let live”.

  18. This story is twisted. Canada has banned the teaching of ONE religion and that’s fair. It has nothing to do with politics. Up here we feel that it is extremely indoctrinating to teach just one religion in the classroom, so we have decided we teach world religions or no religion at all. The alt-right had a problem with kids learning about Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism etc, so the only thing left to do was to ban religious teaching (Except in Separate school boards — Roman Catholics have their own privately funded schools and that’s still allowed).

  19. All the anti Christ here should be ashamed of yourselves. This isn’t about being a liberal or a conservative or three hugger or whatever. This is only about Christianity. For us Christian’s we cannot catch a break. We get destroyed by the muslims, we get destroyed by the atheists, the Jews and now the government. Wherever we go we get slammed. This is the utmost more disrespectful nation we live in as a whole, as a society and as a community. First, saying Merry Christmas is impoliticaly correct. Then they want to ban Christian teaching in CHRISTIAN schools. Excuse me, if you dont want to be part of this system we also have PUBLIC school!! Stop putting Christian’s down!! You dont like it go elsewhere.

    Everything on this earth is based on christianity. The calendar, we would know time without our Lord being present. Anyways I’m not here to blow ppl off. I’m here to simply state the facts! Muslims come to Canada, USA, Europe etc and want to impose and change our Christian laws to muslims ones and to enforce their teachings etc onto us. Ie: sharia law. If you’re unfamiliar with it. Google it.

    I am sick and tired of this exhaustive system about removing Christians. Our government is so concerned with the outsiders and immigrants to have a great deal of support, income a system in place for them when Canada has a ton of homeless people in the streets!! Why doesn’t Ottawa take care of it’s on ppl before assisting immigrants?! Then these immigrants start complaining and hating on Canada and taking advantage of it pros. WAKE UP!!! I’d like to see a church being opened in Saudi Arabia or a Muslim country or even wearing a Cross stepping into a Muslim country and not getting beaten or thrown in jail for! In Canada we open our arms and welcoming muslims with their newly built mosques and taking our land for their own purposes.

    The gays and lesbians. Though it is against the biblical teachings. They should also live and co exist with the rest of us as we are Gods children at the end of the day. I love everyone but everyone hates us.

    Whether anyone likes it or not. Jesus Christ is the light at the end of the tunnel. The truth will be known to everyone. All the haters will know the truth once they die! You can run from it all you want from the truth here on earth. But think carefully before you make your ultimate decision. You are NOTHING. You become weak after a simply fever or a cold. Humans are a weak species. Time to wake up.

    God bless you all!

  20.   The United States as founded in violent defiance and rebellion against a horrendous tyrant.

      Canada was founded in cowering and grovelling before this same tyrant.

      What a difference this has made.

  21. Wow, what a bunch of hateful intolerant comments. I guess intolerance is OK if it’s not your viewpoint.

  22. It is irrelevant whether this is true or not but can anyone see the hypocrisy of those who are speaking out about how religion (Christianity because this is what this story is about) should not be taught in school but yet sit here & say NOTHING about islam pushing itself into schools? The TSB is shutting down a cafeteria on Friday afternoons to allow muslim students to pray. Why do you say nothing about this?
    It seems a bit hypocritical but I’m sure you will just start with some insult or maybe a spelling mistake or maybe grammar, either way you will prove yourself to nothing but a hypocrite who actually has nothing to actually support themselves.

  23. “ordering children as young as six to question their sexual orientation and gender identity, while teaching them how to use a range of vegetables as sex toys, and promoting anal sex as “normal”.

    Any proof of this, or is the writer a filthy pervert with a vivid imagination? I know where my money is.

    • With a heavy heart I can tell you this is unfortunately all true, the sex education minister that was in several years ago put this “curriculum” in just before he was charged with several offences of child pornography, child luring, child grooming, possession of child porn, as well as distribution of child porn, I’m sure there were others. He pled guilty to 3 of them and the rest were dropped. This curriculum is just grooming children for pedifiles which were his intentions and he also taught people how to groom children. Google education minister and child porn, you will find it.

      • Try again.

        The writer states that the curriculum remains as described. You are referring to one minister who (presumably) is now incarcerated.

  24. Really people? You don’t see a problem with stripping religious freedom? You don’t even know what you are saying? You haven’t lived through oppression and a government that shields its citizens from light, life and liberty. But if you really think this is the way go, don’t worry, you’ll have that opportunity soon enough.

  25. Whilst some of the language particularly on sex education is very reactionary in the article, the obvious hate and anti-Christian bias of the commentators is appalling. LGBT+ (sorry I lost count of the initials) supporters fail to accept the viewpoint that these lifestyles are a choice. You need to not only respect a different viewpoint but understand you come over as excessively bigoted (look up the definition) and totally closed to anything outside your limited understanding. Christians don’t hate LGBT people, they understand it as a bad lifestyle choice, not one that is biologically implanted but a behavior problem. But it is the God given choice of many. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor. So respect the Christians choice to live differently and have different values than you, before your hate causes permanent damage.

  26. God gave them over to a reprobate mind and will abandon Canada just like he is doing in the States. This is all to be expected.

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