UPDATE: Going Nuts in Nanaimo Over Chick-fil-A

UPDATE:  “Nanaimo City Council voted unanimously during a specially called July 3 meeting to rescind their earlier decision (read here and here). Mayor John Ruttan offered a formal apology, saying the May 5 motion was meant to prevent divisiveness and hate, but instead caused the opposite. The BC Civil Liberties Association wrote city… More

The Cold Chill of the Legal Profession’s Rejection of Religious Freedom

Cold winds blew on Trinity Western University’s (TWU) Law School last week. On Thursday April 24, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) voted 28-21 against TWU’s accreditation. On Friday April 25, the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society (NSBS) followed Ontario’s leading and voted 10-9 to accept TWU only if it… More

BC Law Society Approves TWU Law School Graduates

The BC Law Society benchers voted 20-6 against a motion that would have seen TWU law school graduates not be able to practise law in BC.  The failure of that motion means that the Federation of Law Schools decision on December 16, 2013 to approve TWU stands. At first glance… More

Will Lawyers In Canada Soon Face A Religious Test? The Hypersensitive Response Over Canada’s First Openly Christian Law School

Introduction The hypersensitive response over Canada’s first openly Christian law school at Trinity Western University (TWU) has led to a demand (from some) that law societies across Canada not allow TWU law graduates to practise law – primarily because TWU, as a religious organization, holds and exercises religious beliefs concerning… More

Only A Little Pork In The Soup: Can Religious Beliefs Be Put On Hold?

Loyola, a private high School in Montréal, is being forced to suppress its Catholic convictions when it teaches the Québec government’s Ethics and Religious Culture course (“ERC”). The Québec Court of Appeal appeared to suggest that there was no reason for Loyola to be concerned because it has the rest… More

Religion and Religious Organizations: Making Civilization Possible

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Is Religion Special?.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Is Religion Special?. The idea that religion makes civilization possible may appear counterintuitive to our Western mind today.  We have witnessed a barrage of argument from people like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens that religion is destructive and… More