Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski went viral last month for a video showing him kicking police and COVID officials out of his church.
Now authorities have arrested him for the crime of holding church services that defied COVID rules.
Don’t think for a minute that this could never happen in the United States.
The Blaze has details:
Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski arrested for holding church service
Canadian pastor Artur Pawlowski was arrested on Saturday for committing the crime of holding a church service, which violated Alberta’s public health orders.
Pawlowski, who went viral last month for the video of him kicking Canadian police and a health official out of his church while calling them “gestapo,” held church service on Saturday in Alberta where “dozens were congregating without masks, with no regard for physical distancing,” according to the Calgary Herald.
Video shows supporters of Pawlowski scream at Calgary Police as they leave the church.
However, less than an hour after the church service, Pawlowski was arrested by police, who he famously labeled as “Nazis” the last time authorities came to his church to serve him court papers. The car that Pawlowski was traveling in was pulled over on a highway by at least six police vehicles. The Calgary Police informed Pawlowski and his brother Dawid Pawlowski that they were being arrested for violating the public health orders for gatherings because of Saturday’s church service.
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See the video below:
A heavily-armed SWAT team just took down a Christian pastor heading home from church. Police say he’s charged with “inciting” people to go to church. This is the second pastor jailed this year. We’re crowdfunding his lawyers at https://t.co/bMwAj1iNfP pic.twitter.com/RZ913cQns3
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) May 8, 2021
Earlier this afternoon, my fellow pastor Artur Pawlowski was arrested in Calgary for the crime of holding a church service, as he does every Saturday morning. Are you awake yet?#standwithGod #freepastorartur pic.twitter.com/UtqwjPzqDc
— Pastor Henry Hildebrandt (@aylmerpastor) May 8, 2021
He has since been released.
1. BREAKING: I just spoke on the phone with Pastor Artur Pawlowski. He is finally out of prison and back home, after his jailers at the Calgary Remand Centre refused for hours to honour Justice Germain's order to release him. That in itself is a scandal.
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) May 11, 2021
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