Raising the Bar

A businessman was trying to choose a lawyer, but was being very careful about it. He scheduled appointments to interview three lawyers.  At the first lawyer’s office, after an initial exchange of pleasantries, the businessman said, “Okay, let’s get down to business. I have an important question for you, and I want you to think carefully before answering. How much is two plus two?”
The lawyer raised his eyebrows. “Two plus two is four.” The businessman thanked him for his time, and proceeded to his next appointment.  The second lawyer, who was also a certified public accountant, seemed a bit more particular than the first lawyer. After an initial discussion, the businessman again announced that he had a very important question, and asked, “How much is two plus two?”  The second lawyer went over to a computer, and entered figures into a spreadsheet. “According to my calculations, two plus two is approximately four.” The businessman thanked him for his time, and proceeded to his next appointment.  The third lawyer sat behind a big mahogany desk, and smoked a cigar. He seemed rather self-important as compared to the other two, but at the same time appeared to be much more successful. The businessman again announced, “I would like you to answer a very important question for me, before I decide whether I should use your services. How much is two plus two?”  The lawyer pulled the shades, locked the door to his office, and asked in a hushed voice, “How much do you want it to be?”  The question any lawyer who wants to practice law in Canada must now answer is this –

“One same-sex individual wanting to marry another same-sex individual equals what?  If the solicitor’s answer is “Sin,” then he or she will not be given their licence to practice.  Let me explain.  Trinity Western University is a Christian college located in British Columbia.  They are one of the top private academic institutions in Canada (one look at their tuition fees will tell you that).  In 2016, Trinity wants to open up a law school.  In preparation for this, they have applied to each province’s legal society for accreditation (i.e., the acceptance of their graduates who pass the bar exam to practice law there.)  But here’s where the problem has arisen – the university only admits students and only hires professors who believe in and who are committed to traditional marriage.  And it is this stand for biblical morality that has resulted in the legal society of other provinces turning them down.  (The one province that did issue Trinity accreditation, was the Legal Society of British Columbia.  But now the Legal Society of Ontario is leading other provinces in attempting to get the B.C. Legal Society to reverse its earlier decision.)   And in each refusal, Trinity is told the same thing  – all you have to do is change your position on traditional marriage and your graduates will be accepted.  However, the college is refusing to bow down to the idol of political correctness and is taking the case all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.  And this case is being watched closely, for if the highest judges in the land rule against TWU, then other professional bodies (teachers, accountants, doctors, nurses, etc.) will be emboldened to demand the same of other private Christian universities in Canada (of which there are currently forty in number), that their graduates, too, will not be accredited, unless they also change their position on traditional marriage.

The “cost” of education has just gotten a lot higher.