A Canadian pastor with a reputation for his stance on freedom found himself in handcuffs over the weekend. The May 8 arrest of Pastor Artur Pawlowski along with his brother resulted from a religious service that he'd held at Calgary's Street Church.
The service violated (forbidden illness) related restrictions. Officers served a bench order prior to the May 8 service, which Pawlowski acknowledged but ignored. It imposed restrictions on gatherings and required masking, physical distancing, and attendance limits.
First they kicked him them out...
— Adam Soos ⳩ (@ATSoos) May 8, 2021
Then later they came back and arrested him...
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
Last month, during a Holy Saturday service, police officers had entered the church. During that interaction, Pawlowski had shouted at them to leave and not come back without a warrant. Video of that encounter was posted on YouTube and went viral.
Pawlowski is noted for his anti-mask stance. He has been a speaker at numerous anti-mask rallies in Calgary, and he has been fined for failure to adhere to (forbidden illness) restrictions.
Pawlowski's actions have been fueled by his upbringing. He grew up in Poland behind the Iron Curtain, and that experience has inspired a passion for resisting government control.
In its statement Saturday, Calgary police said, "It is important to understand that law enforcement recognizes people’s desire to participate in faith-based gatherings as well as the right to protest. However, as we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we all must comply with public health orders in order to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing."
"We continue to ask those who may be considering organizing or participating in any outdoor events to ensure they are familiar with public health order requirements and to do their part to prevent further spread of the virus."
We're got it bad here in the United States, but I'm really surprised that Canada has had it so bad during this time. They've literally arrested a man holding church service, but then again, I am not too familiar with their constitution and religion.