Law Society Approves New Religious Law School
by Irshad Chan-McCoy, Diversity Editor
(TORONTO) (OF COURSE) To the surprise of many observers, and the dismay of a number of opponents, the Law Society of Ontario today approved the application of Sunlight Law School in Bangelton, a northeastern suburb of Toronto.
“The school met all the professional tests: the instructors are qualified, the curriculum covers the bases, the classrooms and library holdings are more than adequate. There’s really no reason not to approve,” said Law Society president V. Ernest Frankel, at a press conference held at Ausbad Hall, its headquarters.
Opponents, however, were not satisfied. “A school that receives public funds, even a single dollar, is obliged to respect public values,” said Richard Comte, general secretary of the Upper Canada Society of Free-Thinkers. “This school practices discrimination on a massive scale according to values that are wildly out of step with the beliefs of mainstream Canadians.”
The proposal does indicate that Sunlight will indeed receive public support in the form of research grants for professors, student loans, and charitable tax status, among other assistance. It will be funded mostly, however, by private donors and tuition.
“You would think our critics would be glad that we’re offering a legal education massively subsidized by our fellow believers,” said Sunlight dean Jonette Holyrood-Enns. “It’s actually a public service to our fellow Canadians.”