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La lutte de l’Université Trinity Western pour la liberté de religion s’intensifie

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Par Allison Barron

Jessie Legaree est diplômée de la Trinity Western University (TWU),  avec un baccalauréat et une maîtrise. Ayant fréquenté la faculté de droit à l’Université de Toronto, elle fait présentement un stage à Abbotsford, Colombie-Britannique.

Et elle voit son alma mater traverser une série d’appels et de contre-appels pour obtenir le droit d’avoir sa propre faculté de droit.

Legaree dit que ses études à TWU ont favorisé sa croissance académique et spirituelle, en plus d’améliorer ses futures compétences d’avocate en instillant en elle un amour pour toutes les personnes et un désir de servir autrui. Elle appuie l’idée d’une faculté de droit reconnue à travers le Canada.

« Une éducation juridique chrétienne supporte un plus grand appel qui enracine la défense dans le service, et je ne peux imaginer meilleures assises pour les futurs avocats, » explique-t-elle.

Mais cet avenir pourrait ne pas être possible avec l’action en justice sans précédent que TWU doit subir dans quelques provinces.

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A Good Day for Religious Freedom in Canada

EFC lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos and EFC President Bruce Clemenger.
EFC lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos and EFC President Bruce Clemenger.

As we prepare for the next EFC webinar on June 11 on religious freedom, we revisit some recent developments in Canada.

 by Albertos Polizogopoulos

January 28 was a great day for religious freedom and the freedom of religious individuals to associate together in community.

Justice Jamie Campbell of the Nova Scotia Superior Court issued his decision in Trinity Western University’s application to judicially review the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s decision not to admit Trinity Western University graduates to the practice of law in Nova Scotia.

In his 140 page decision, Justice Campbell set out the reasons for his decision, which concluded that the NSBS attempted to regulate Trinity Western University’s policies and practices, that the NSBS did not have the authority to do so and that even if it had had the authority to do so, it did not exercise that authority in a way that reasonably considered liberty, freedom of religion and freedom of conscience.

Throughout his decision, Justice Campbell demonstrated his appreciation of not only the relevant law, but the importance of the issues at play and how those issues affect evangelical Christians. He recognized that in this case, the NSBS is bound by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms while Trinity Western University is protected by it. He clearly concluded that although Trinity Western University’s Community Covenant may be offensive to some, that it was not unlawful, noting that Trinity Western University had never been found to be in violation of applicable human rights legislation. In discussing Evangelical Christians’ desire to study law at a faith-based law school Justice Campbell stated:

[Evangelical Christians’] religious faith governs every aspect of their lives. When they study law, whether at a Christian law school or elsewhere, they are studying law first as Christians. Part of their religious faith involves being in the company of other Christians, not only for the purpose of worship. They gain spiritual strength from communing in that way. They seek out opportunities to do that. Being part of institutions that are defined as Christian in character is not an insignificant part of who they are.
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