Canada’s Trinity Western University (TWU) has quietly caved to judicial and LGBT pressure to remove its insistence that students agree to refrain from all sexual actuality outside of traditional marriage.
As CTV News reports, the Christian university located outside of Vancouver, B.C., had long required those enrolled in its courses to sign a “community covenant” with that understanding but retracted its stance last week.
Only when the academic insitution attempted to open a law school was the requirement challenged. In June, the Supreme Court of Canada — in a decision that many decried a profound violation of religious freedom — voted 7-2 against the university, saying, “A mandatory covenant is not absolutely required to study law in a Christian environment.”
The motion from TWU’s board of governors reads: “In furtherance of our desire to maintain TWU as a thriving community of Christian believers that is inclusive of all students wishing to learn from a Christian viewpoint and underlying philosophy, the Community Covenant will no longer be mandatory as of the 2018-19 Academic year with respect to admission of students to, for continuation of students at, the University.”
The Supreme Court decision angered many evangelicals at the time, including Earl Phillips, who, as CTV notes, would have been the executive director of TWU’s new law school. He wondered why “diversity in Canada does not have room for a small law school at a Christian university.”