Pastors arrested for 'inciting' people to go to church

Monday, May 10, 2021
 | 
Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Canadian pastor arrested, draggedOn Saturday, two preachers in Canada were stopped by police on a freeway, dragged to awaiting police vehicles, and charged with organizing and inviting people to attend what authorities say was an illegal in-person gathering.

The arrests were captured on video.

Brothers Artur and Dawid Pawlowski – according to this CBC report – have been "defying public health restrictions" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their arrests by authorities in Calgary over the weekend came after Alberta Health Services obtained a court order that applies to gatherings such as protests, demonstrations, and rallies.


Less than an hour earlier, Pastor Artur Pawlowski had hosted a church gathering in Calgary. A video on Twitter shows a maskless crowd participating in a worship service. According to the CBC report, it wasn't the first time the two brothers have held such gatherings during the pandemic.

Approximately one month ago, Artur Pawlowski kicked law enforcement officers out of his church sanctuary when they attempted to shut down an Easter worship service without a warrant, presumably in their attempt to crack down on COVID restrictions. The video of that encounter (below) has garnered nearly a million views on YouTube.

 

A frightening reminder

A Canadian pro-family leader in Canada says the video of the two pastors being forcedly dragged and put into custody by Calgary police reminded him of Nazi Germany.

"What I was instantly reminded of and moved by was seeing the video [from] probably in the late 1930s maybe 1940s ... of SS troops rounding up people to put in trains or in prisons," says Brian Rushfeldt. "And that is exactly what I was reminded of when I saw the way these so-called 'police' treated the pastors …."

Rushfeldt, the former executive director of Canada Family Action, contends the government's reaction to COVID has been way over the top. "When freedom of religion is violated at will by somebody's orders, we are in deep, serious trouble," he warns. "What concerns me even more is that our government is passing the laws that allow the police to do what they're doing."

He admits being concerned that the pastors could face many years in prison if their case is heard before a liberal judge.


5/11/2021 - Comments from Brian Rushfeldt added.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which high-profile GOP senator would you choose to replace Mitch McConnell?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  Claudette regains tropical storm strength after 13 deaths
  American taxpayers paying billions owed by California renters
Fear shakes Mexico border city after violence leaves 18 dead
Israeli PM: World powers must ‘wake up’ on Iran nuke deal
  Tokyo Olympics to allow limit of 10,000 local fans in venues

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Black theologian sounds warning, savages 'demonic' ideologies behind CRT, BLM, antiracism
A kid with the right attitude takes on her school board’s BLM hypocrisy
Following the scientists who were destroying America just to spite Trump
Arizona Gov. Ducey issues sweeping order protecting college students against COVID mandates
Slave stories history 'forgot': black people owned slaves too

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Evangelist to churches: Focus on the Word – not on being 'woke'

baptism (word montage)A prominent evangelist and radio talk-show host is warning the Church to get busy doing what the Church is supposed to do.