Gov't power being used to force secularization

Friday, January 30, 2015
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A Canadian university has won the first round in what officials consider a major battle against a non-Christian worldview.

Trinity Western University (British Columbia, Canada)Trinity Western University in British Columbia Bar has sued associations in three Canadian provinces because they have voted to not recognize attorneys who graduate from the Christian university's future law school. This week, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that that province's bar association is out of line and is discriminating on the basis of religion.

School spokesman Guy Saffold says lawsuits remain against bar associations in British Columbia and Ontario for declaring they won't recognize TWU law school graduates.

"It seems to be a case in which the power of government is being used to enforce a secularizing influence on society as a whole," Saffold suggests. "This is done in the name of tolerance, but it really becomes a form of intolerance that is trying to use the power of government to coerce religious people into secular belief."

He reminds OneNewsNow of a previous Canadian Supreme Court ruling.

"The justice in Nova Scotia also agreed that the 2001 case that affirmed our right to have a teacher education program still had valid principles for today," he recalls. "So we think that the law hasn't changed, the basic principles of freedom and liberty haven't changed – and we're hoping that we're successful as we continue down this path."

Saffold agrees that a Christian law student who graduates from Trinity Western University will be no less qualified than those who graduate from a secular university.

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