I hope she loses

I see some girl has complained to the BC human rights tribunal that she was discriminated against for being Christian and graduating from Trinity Western University.

I hope she gets smacked down hard and fast. By a real court, ideally, not some farcical quasi-judicial tribunal. And if the TWU people have any sense, so will they. For several reasons.

First, that anyone should be able to sue over not being hired is abhorrent. The state has no business scrutinizing the personnel decisions of private companies. Hiring is, in its essence, an act of discrimination. Letting the government review those decisions concedes to the state the right to judge the thoughts and motivations of private citizens engaged in an otherwise legal activity. Turning down an applicant for a job is obviously legal. Under no circumstances should it become illegal just because the hiring manager can’t justify his reasoning to the satisfaction of a panel of government apparatchiks.

Furthermore, if TWU is free to require its students to abide by a code of conduct in accordance with their goal of being a Christian school—a freedom which I fully support—Amruk is fully within its rights to operate as a vehemently pagan anti-Christian organization. That includes the right of its operators to reply to job applicants with unprofessional bitchiness if they so choose.

As an aside, it’s bewildering that the girl even bothered replying after the first rejection letter. Their response though does offer some window into the confused minds of people who simultaneously romanticize the pre-Christian Norse culture while stridently proclaiming their exquisite sensitivity to “human-rights”. “Hello, we’re the Vikings and we’d like to sign a trade pact with you that will mutually benefit both of our diverse cultures while enhancing respect for tolerance and diversity…” But, back to the original point, nasty, bigoted emails aren’t and shouldn’t be illegal.

Finally, this isn’t the same situation as the run-ins the University has had with various teachers’ associations and law societies. There,the government had granted a certain body the ability to grant or withold accreditation necessary to practice a particular profession. Going beyond judging competence and ethics to using that power to enforce compliance with a particular position on contentious social and political issues should be grounds for the courts to tell them to knock it off.

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