Rights Inflation: Attempts to Redefine Marriage and the Freedom of Religion: The Case of Trinity Western University School of Law
62 Pages Posted: 23 May 2017
Date Written: May 17, 2017
This Article digs further into the effects of the legal redefinition of marriage as experienced by religious law schools, and by extension, all religious institutions that maintain the traditional definition of marriage. It also refers to the Canadian case involving the proposed school of law by Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. The TWU law school case is a prime example of the point of this paper: The redefinition of marriage has led to an intolerance of religious institutions that maintain the belief and practice of traditional marriage. There is a growing contempt of such religious opinions and practices because they are viewed as wrong. This contempt is evident in a number of instances that are reviewed in this Article—including the use of very unflattering language by the Law Benchers of the various Canadian law societies towards TWU, and a number of rather outlandish arguments against TWU asserted by legal academics. When we step back and consider the dramatic denunciations TWU has received from the legal profession, it is very clear that there is a contemptuous attitude—if not a vilification—of those who would maintain the traditional view on marriage.
Keywords: law and religion, equality, religion and equality, education, religious freedom
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