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Right to form Christian law school on the line in British Columbia courtroom this week

Round Three of Trinity Western University's climactic confrontation with the powerful homosexual lobby began Monday in a Vancouver courtroom, to determine whether TWU's law students can practice law in their own country, and ultimately whether there will be room in Canada's future "public square" for conservative Christians.

"At stake is more than just the right of TWU graduates to practise law," said the Langley, B.C. school's spokesman, Guy Saffold, "but whether people of faith are to be restricted in their right to associate in community and to fully participate in Canadian society."

The five-day fight between one of the country's few surviving Christian universities and the British Columbia legal profession is a kind of rubber match over the issue of whether law graduates from TWU's proposed law school will be allowed into their profession, given that TWU prohibits pre-marital sexual activity, including all homosexual intercourse. This ban the law societies of three provinces deem a violation of homosexual rights so serious that it would irredeemably taint any TWU law grads and any profession which admitted them.

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