Religious liberty is under assault during the coronavirus pandemic, not only in the United States but also for our friends on our northern border.
Under the direction of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has cracked down on their citizens even more than what some Democrat governors have done in the United States…which is saying something, because their liberty track record isn’t so good either.
Churches have been a target both here in Democrat-run states and in Canada. The only difference is that we have a First Amendment right to freely practice our religion and the right to assembly. In Canada, citizens don’t have those protections.
That was more apparent than ever this week when a Canadian pastor of Polish descent, Artur Pawlowski, blocked Alberta authorities from entering his church to prevent his congregation from worshiping because the church was accused of defying local and national COVID rules.
According to the Daily Wire, “The Polish pastor who made international headlines for kicking provincial officials from his church in Alberta, Canada, is facing potential arrest after a Calgary court issued a warrant against him…
Last Saturday, Pawlowski demanded health officials and police speak with his lawyer when they attempted to give him the warrant to enter his church during a service to investigate the premises. After Pawlowski first ejected provincial officials from his church during Easter weekend, Calgary Police said in a statement that there was a ‘concern’ that Pawlowski and his congregation ‘were not adhering to the government’s COVID-19 public health orders,’ according to the Toronto Sun.”
This is just the latest example of government COVID tyranny in Canada.
Earlier this month, Prime Minster Trudeau announced that Canadians flying in and out of the country would be forced to quarantine in government facilities…or else.
Trudeau announced these internment-camp-esque facilities when he said, “If your test results come back positive, you’ll need to immediately quarantine in designated government facilities. This is not optional.”
Trudeau is instituting this policy for those flying in and out of the country. According to the order, citizens must be tested before and after traveling by plane. If they want to get back in after testing positive, they must go to government facilities to quarantine.
Like Canada, the United States has also had its fair share of anti-religious gathering disruptions.
Last April, in Tampa Bay, Florida, a pastor was arrested for holding a weekend church service. USA Today reported at the time, “Officials arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives said he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
According to jail records, Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne turned himself into authorities Monday afternoon in Hernando County, where he lives. He was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order. Bail was set at $500, according to the jail’s website, and he was released after posting bond.”
It is worth noting that the church took precautions to keep the virus from spreading. The pastor’s law firm released the following statement: “Not only did the church comply with the administrative order regarding six-foot distancing, it went beyond any other businesses to ensure the health and safety of the people. Contrary to Sheriff Chronister’s allegation that Pastor Howard-Browne was ‘reckless,’ the actions of Hillsborough County and the Hernando County Sheriff are discriminatory against religion and church gatherings.”
The Church helped build Western Civilization, but it has become a victim of the very culture that it helped create. This is a shame indeed.