In this year and more of COVID closures, and protocols that seem to be really rather arbitrary and tend to defy just about everything that has been preached about stopping the spread of disease over the last hundred years or so, one of the more maddening ones has been the partial shutdowns of churches all over the world.
In the United States, it was left up to local ordinaries, for the most part, to decide how congregations would meet and worship. In Europe, many churches remain forcibly closed. In Canada, the churches are supposed to follow COVID guidelines.
On Easter Sunday, police entered Calgary’s Street Church to check and be sure that the congregation was following the rules, and the pastor there, Artur Pawlowski, essentially threw them out telling them to come back with a warrant.
In no time at all, the video went viral all over the world, as one man from Poland who surely faced the same sort of treatment in his homeland some decades ago knew that the aggression of police needed to be countered with force.
“Get out of this property immediately,” he says in the video. “I don’t want to hear anything … out immediately.”
Most of the officials don’t engage Pawlowski, but an unidentified woman seems to try and explain their presence. Pawlowski was not having it.
“Out!” he yelled. “Out of this property … immediately until you come back with a warrant.” The officials and officers slowly exit the building, and Pawlowski followed them.
“Nazis are not welcome here,” he then says. “And don’t come out without a warrant.”
The pastor also called them “Gestapo.”
Would that many pastors here in the United States would be so brave.
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This is how you handle police who enter a church without a warrant. They’re lucky they only got a tongue-lashing: s. 176 of the Criminal Code makes it a crime to disturb a church service. Those @CalgaryPolice thugs were breaking the law (and knew it). pic.twitter.com/0XhAuwv0yg
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 4, 2021