Religious Freedom in Retreat: Canada's Courts vs. Physicians

The advance of progressive ideology is leading to the retreat of religious freedom in Canada. Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Trinity Western University, a Christian institution in British Columbia, could be denied accreditation of its law school simply because students would be required to live according to Christian sexual morality (i.e., sex permitted only within a heterosexual marriage). This was seen as a "no gays allowed" rule and such apparent bigotry could not be permitted in a Canadian law school.

Another new restriction on religious liberty has been since approved by a court in Ontario. On May 15, 2019, the Court of Appeal for Ontario (the province's highest court) released its decision in Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. This decision denied Christian physicians the right to avoid complicity in medical procedures that violate Christian ethical principles.

Until quite recently, strict sexual behavior rules for students of private religious universities and a physician's right to avoid practices he or she considered to be unethical were relatively uncontroversial. However, as progressive ideology becomes more dominant, especially within the legal community, it becomes correspondingly intolerant. People who live according to historic Christian principles are becoming virtual outcasts in some situations.

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