Brian Hodder’s commentary, “Trinity Western University at odds with Canadian values,” (The Telegram, June 21) is highly misleading.
TWU is a private, legislatively mandated Christian university whose primary focus is to provide a liberal arts education to members of its evangelical Christian community.
As the Supreme Court of Canada stated in Trinity Western University vs. British Columbia College of Teachers (2001), “TWU is not for everybody; it is designed to address the needs of people who share a number of religious convictions.”
The Civil Marriage Act and the Supreme Court of Canada have respected the rights of religious communities to maintain their religious definitions of marriage.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education each approved TWU’s School of Law proposal after an 18-month process carefully considering all issues, including the community covenant.
Both these bodies uphold Canadian law and Canadian values.
How can one claim that, “Here in Canada, we believe that people are to be judged on the qualities and abilities they possess” without also including those law students whose only “crime” is signing a document which contains a statement regarding the traditional Christian definition of marriage?
President, Trinity Western University