'Viral' video shows fiery pastor kicking out cops

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Calgary cops kicked outA pastor is being praised as a hero for angrily confronting Canadian authorities who had entered a Calgary church to observe if the congregation was following the government’s COVID-19 restrictions.

The two-minute confrontation, which has gone viral thanks to a video recording, shows five mask-wearing government officials being told to “Get out!” by Artur Pawlowski, a fiery street preacher-pastor whose feuds with local authorities stretch back more than a decade.

In the video, he calls them “Nazis” and “Gestapo" for coming on Easter weekend, and tells them to only return if they come back with a warrant.

Church, targeted for COVID-19 violations, holds Easter service

A church and its pastor who were punished by Canadian authorities for violating COVID-19 restrictions held an Easter service that did not include police officers, fines, and arrests.

One News Now has reported that Pastor James Coates, who leads GraceLife Church, located in Edmonton, spent several weeks behind bars after he refused to cave to a judge’s demand to limit the congregation to 15 percent of its capacity.

According to conservative activist Brian Rushfeldt, who formerly led Canada Family Action, GraceLife held weekend services to celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection -- with police cars parked outside.

“I guess they were counting numbers, perhaps of people going in and out. I'm not sure,” Rushfeldt says. “But [Coates] went ahead, held a large service, an Easter Sunday service.”

It is a shame, he adds, that churches are not considered essential, like shopping malls and liquor stores, and face worse government restrictions.  

The group eventually backs down and walks out of the door while the pastor, still angry and loud, follows behind them as they leave down a sidewalk.

“Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths!" the pastor continued. 

A statement from Calgary Police Service, posted on Twitter, says it sent a police officer to assist representatives from Alberta Health Services and the City of Calgary who went to the church because people attending the church service were “not adhering to the government’s public health orders, which are in place to endure everyone’s safety.”

It appears in the video, however, that three people are in police uniforms, not just one.

Reacting to the confrontation, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel points out that Pastor Pawlowski is a Polish-born immigrant. That means the man’s angry descriptions of “Nazi” and “Gestapo” are not without meaning.

“The Nazis were the ones that came into Poland, so he’s very familiar with Nazism, and communism, and Marxism,” Staver tells One News Now. “These people experienced the loss of freedom. They experienced churches being shut down, churches being bulldozed, pastors being arrested, Christians being put in jail.”

In fact, Pawlowski says he is seeing that ugly authoritarian past repeat itself in his adopted home of Canada.

Reached by The Daily Caller after the video went viral, the pastor told the Caller that he grew up in Poland, "under the boot" of the Soviet Union, and he witnessed the State arrest and even murder pastors and priests. He said he hopes his defiance will "give courage" to other churches and pastors, and businesses to reclaim their freedom and "kick those Nazis out." 

"That's why I say what I say," he said. "Because I see a repitition of history." 

Pawloski, 48, is no stranger to Canada’s open hatred of orthodox Christianity. In 2010, the Canada Revenue Agency revoked the tax exemption from King's Glory Fellowship, a church association, because its board of directors held “strong negative views” about abortion, homosexuality, and divorce.

Staver

Those topics are biblical in nature, and many churchgoers have heard them mentioned from the pulpit, but the federal agency considered the topics political in nature and punished the Protestant association.   

“The only political activity you can connect us to,” Pawloski told a local newspaper, “is defending our right to speak.”

Reacting to the viral video, Canadian activist-journalist Ezra Levant commented in a Twitter post that Pastor Pawlowski showed how to “handle police” when they enter your church without a warrant.

“They are lucky they only got a tongue lashing,” Levant further commented, because the Criminal Code states it is a crime to disturb a church service.

Levant also reminded his Twitter followers that Pastor Pawloski was fined $1,200 in 2020 for violating COVID-19 restrictions. The pastor’s “crime” was feeding the homeless in Calgary.

Rushfeldt

Calgary, a city of approximately 1.3 million, is located in the province of Alberta, where a population of 4.3 million that has recorded 153,000 coronavirus, and fewer than 2,000 deaths, cases to date. 

Calgary resident Brian Rushfeldt, who is a veteran of conservative politics, personally knows Pawlowski and says authorities were responding to a single anonymous complaint.

“If one virus can allow police and politicians to lock people up, to close people down and destroy their lives,” he observes, “if that’s all it takes is one virus for that kind of abuse of power, we as a civilized people are in trouble.”


Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Pastor Pawlowski to The Daily Caller.

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