Outrageous Christian Law School Graduates Could Be Denied Canadian Law Licenses Over Marriage Beliefs
At one law school set to open in Canada, graduates may not be eligible for the bar because of their Christian beliefs.
According to CBC, the Law Society of New Brunswick has voted to deny accreditation to the law school, which is scheduled to open in 2016.
Those who attend the Christian school are required to sign a covenant that bars same-sex relationships. The council took the vote after a petition by activists who called for the law school not to be recognized.
Law society president Helene Beaulieu said the result of Saturday's vote will be taken to the next council meeting on Sept. 26 to discuss the implications of the resolution.
"Council values the opinion of all the membership," said Beaulieu. "I am confident that council will work through this difficult and controversial issue with openness and transparency."
She said if the resolution is adopted, students from the university will not be eligible for admission to the bar in New Brunswick.
However, it is unclear whether the outcome of the vote is binding on the law society, which has said it will need a legal opinion.
Earl Phillips, Trinity Western's executive director, expressed concern with the members' resolution.
"Difficult decisions involving fundamental rights and freedoms should not be decided by popular vote," said Phillips. "There is no evidence to suggest that the religious beliefs that guide TWU would affect the ability of its law graduates to serve all clients."
So could this happen in America? Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked attorney Arthur Aidala and Dr. Keith Ablow this morning.
Aidala and Ablow both pointed to ObamaCare, which mandated that religious organizations pay for insurance plans that may go against their beliefs.
Ablow predicts that those types of restrictions could someday extend beyond lawyers to doctors.
"It'll include pediatricians and others who have to advise women what to do. They'll say, 'look, if you're a Christian doctor you can't possibly advise women about abortion, hence we won't accredit you.'"
Watch the full discussion above.