Trinity Western University scraps “community covenant” after Supreme Court loss

By Jonathon Van Maren

Many of us were wondering what Trinity Western University was going to do in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s June ruling, in which the justices stated that provincial law societies have the right to refuse accreditation to TWU because of their “community covenant” asking that students agree to abstain from sex outside of heterosexual marriage. Ludicrously, the justices admitted that to rule against Trinity Western would be to violate their religious freedom, but then concluded that the covenant might deter LGBTQ students from spending exorbitant amounts of money to attend a small Christian university. As one atheist commentator so eloquently put it, the Supreme Court’s ruling turned the Charter from a shield into a sword, and defended precisely nobody. But it is 2018, and the LGBT streamroller is growling in high gear. It looked like TWU’s law school could be dead on arrival.

Now, according to the CBC, Trinity Western University has decided to drop the community covenant that made them such a target for Canada’s sexual revolutionaries altogether:

Students at Trinity Western University will no longer have to sign an agreement promising to abstain from all sex outside of heterosexual marriage. The board of governors for the evangelical Christian university in Langley, B.C., voted on a motion Thursday to drop the mandatory requirement that students adhere to what the school calls its community covenant.

The motion said the change was made “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 change will come into effect beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, and applies to new and continuing students. In a written statement, TWU president Bob Kuhn said the school will continue to be a “Christ-centred” facility.

“Let there be no confusion regarding the board of governors’ resolution; our mission remains the same. We will remain a Biblically-based, mission-focused, academically excellent university, fully committed to our foundational evangelical Christian principles,” Kuhn said.

The progressives, of course, are pleased as punch by this. The Vancouver Sun announced this move in an article with a video titled “Queer at TWU” embedded in it, just in case you were unsure of what their editorial stance was. The insufferable Michael Coren, who is still being mocked weekly on Twitter by bemused liberal journalists who find his chameleon act transparently pathetic, was of course delighted, as is required by his new employers. The Twitterati erupted into much cheering at the successful slapping around that Trinity Western had received, and were smugly triumphant that Trinity had finally said “uncle.”

A small Christian university that governed itself by Christian principles was bullied into sidelining those principles in order to move ahead with the law school they’d invested so much time and money in, but the sexual revolutionaries and their trained seals in the media are thrilled, so this will not be recognized for what it is: A blow to religious liberty as well as freedom of association.


For anyone interested, my book on The Culture War, which analyzes the journey our culture has taken from the way it was to the way it is and examines the Sexual Revolution, hook-up culture, the rise of the porn plague, abortion, commodity culture, euthanasia, and the gay rights movement, is available for sale here.

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