|Sign on display at Amyx Hardware in Tennessee since 2015.|
When the U.S. Supreme Court, loaded with conservative appointees who don't respect the basic human dignity of LGBT people, recently ruled that private businesses can discriminate against gay people for religious reasons, I was enraged.
State-sanctioned or court-approved bigotry has no place in a fair and just society.
Today, with this Supreme Court ruling against Trinity Western "University" in BC, I feel ecstatic and lucky to be living in Canada, a country where we respect basic human dignity.
The balance of rights is a careful one that our Supreme Court has always gotten right, in my opinion. Does the school's desire to keep out all forms of homosexuality trump the basic dignity and rights of prospective LGBT law students? Is the harm done to the latter through such a discriminatory policy unimportant when compared to the desires of Christian bigots to learn about law and ethics in a gay-free environment (or free from anything else they might deem "sinful")?
The answer is a clear no. In fact, allowing such discrimination in a public institution would go against everything this country stands for.
This Straight.com article sums up the issues nicely.
The religious still have the right to discriminate and attack the basic dignity of people they needlessly hate in their own private religious institutions and homes. But keep it there, thanks very much.