A Canadian pastor was thrown in jail and his church closed when he refused to limit capacity on his congregation. Why is the state clamping down so heavily on people who just want to practice their religion?
The case of Pastor James Coates has become one of the most controversial cases of freedom of religion versus Covid-19 in the world. Pastor Coates, of GraceLife church in Alberta, Canada, was arrested on February 16, 2021 and sent to prison.
He spent almost five weeks behind bars. For two weeks, he was in a cell on his own which he was only allowed to leave twice for 15 minutes. His crime was failing to place capacity restrictions upon the congregants in his church.
Pastor Coates told the court, that he was not a political revolutionary, but simply here in obedience with Jesus Christ. It is this obedience that puts me at odds with the law.
According to the president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms, John Carpay, the crime he was jailed for is not punishable by prison time.
Pastor Coates is defending freedom of association and freedom of peaceful assembly, which are freedoms exercised by the entire population, not just churchgoers.
The story becomes even more Orwellian last week, after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, private security contractors and a fencing company moved to execute an Alberta Health Services closure notice by fencing off the church?
There were three fences, and no advance warning of any kind. Nothing was said to Pastor Coates or to his lawyers. Erin Coates, the pastor’s wife, posted images of the fence going up on Instagram.
The government of Canada, just like the government of the USA, indulges in petty, vindictive and out-of-proportion bullying. If this happened in a domestic relationship it would be gross abuse, with the aim of cowing a partner.
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken thought policing and wokeness to a whole new level. And not even RELIGION is sacred any more.
Describing anything as a “popular conspiracy theory” is a marvelous way of shutting down any meaningful debate. The real conspiracy is to call anyone who doesn’t go along with the media’s line as a conspiracy theorist.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.