Opinion

LETTER: Freedom through dissenting minorities

The controversy about Trinity Western University’s proposed law school is now over.

Now that the directors of the Law Society of BC have decided to accept TWU graduates, three key points should be made.

First, since The Federation of Law Societies of Canada approved the TWU proposal, the B.C. body had no reason to be opposed. Second, at present, many universities in the U.S. and elsewhere have similar faith and conduct requirements – they have produced fine attorneys.

Third, the argument that TWU graduates could not be good lawyers because they have agreed to a university policy upholding traditional marriage is deeply flawed. The TWU policy deals with behaviour while the students are at TWU, not with a life-long commitment.

Further, as every lawyer knows, concerning any social policy, whether rooted in the constitution, the Charter, or legislation, numerous lawyers are in opposition.

Freedom prescribes diversity, and social progress has come through dissenting minorities, not by imposition of views by majorities.

John H. Redekop

Abbotsford

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