Judge accused pastor of ‘insulting’ and wanted to be seen as a Christian martyr
Unique: Polish-canadian A pastor jailed for holding church services in Calgary, Alberta, said he would refuse to comply with a court order to publicly echo the established opinion of medical experts about COVID-19.
According to a written ruling issued on Friday, Pastor Artur Pavlovsky was approved by Justice Adam Germain of the Court of Queen’s Bench for 18 months of probation.
The decision is the latest development in Alberta’s ongoing legal battle against Pavlovsky, who faced a civil contempt charge for holding church services in contravention of one. court order Refusing to organize, promote or participate in an “illegal public assembly”.
He also faced another contempt charge for repeatedly evicting armed officers who attempted to inspect his sanctuary for COVID-19 compliance, to which he first drew international attention.
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In addition to costing thousands of dollars and fines, a condition of Pawlowski’s probation requires him to parrot “most medical experts in Alberta” about social distancing, wearing a mask and vaccines, even when he speaks in church. .
“The final period of his probation order shall be when he is exercising his right to free speech and speaking against [Alberta Health Services] health orders and AHS health recommendations, in a public gathering or public forum (including electronic social media), they should indicate the following in their communications,” wrote Germain, who attached a script:
“I also know that the views I am expressing to you on this occasion may not be the views of most medical experts in Alberta. Although I may disagree with them, I am obliged to inform you that that most medical experts are in favor of. Social distancing, wearing masks and avoiding large crowds to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most medical experts also support participation in the vaccination program, as long as there is a legitimate religious or You cannot be vaccinated for a medical reason. Vaccination has been statistically shown to save lives and reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms.”
Pawlowski told Granthshala News that he had no intention of following up on Germain’s approval, which he described as “unconstitutional,” “illegal,” and a clear example of “forced speech like that of China and North Korea.”
“This crooked judge wants to turn me into a CBC reporter or a CNN reporter, that whenever I am in public, whenever I am opening my mouth, I am praying to the government for their mantra,” he said.
Pawlowski said the judge’s position in Canada is “without precedent”, an assertion by his attorney Sarah Miller, who described Germain’s approval as “bizarre” and “potentially unconstitutional”. Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of expression.
“As far as I can see or as far as I’m familiar, it’s completely and completely new,” Miller told Granthshala News. “I’ve never heard of any sort of probation period that includes conditions that force some speech. It seems extremely unusual and rare.”
Miller said it is unclear how and to what extent Pavlovsky’s speech will be monitored for compliance, but noted that there are no warnings to defend what he says from the pulpit.
“They’re telling me what I can and can’t preach,” Pavlovsky said. “They’re telling me that every time I want to address the public, I have to lie to them first to get my message across. That’s China. That’s North Korea.”
Germain, a former politician from the Alberta Liberal Party, also issued a broad and personal reprimand to Pavlovsky in which he speculated that the clergy wanted to be punished.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) prosecutors were seeking 21 days in prison for Pawlowski, but Germain said he decided against such punishment because “it would be a slap on the wrist that would make him a martyr.”
Jermaine also said that Pawlowski “taunted me for imprisoning him” with him. Statement before the court in September, when he claimed to be a “political prisoner of conscience” and denounced Canadian politicians as “liars, hypocrites and fraudsters.”
Pawlowski told Germaine that if he intended to imprison her as the AHS demanded, he should also imprison Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who apologized in June. caught violating During a private dinner with members of your cabinet in 24 different ways to make your own health rules.
Germain referred to Pavlovsky’s condemnation of Kenny, claiming that he saw it as evidence of the pastor’s “zealous desire that I see him add a little more gasoline to the anti-mask, anti-vaccination fire with a little more jail time.” martyred.”
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Germain particularly expressed outrage at Pavlovsky’s speaking tour across the United States over the summer, during which he met with lawmakers and warned audiences that Western governments increasingly equated communist regimes. Poland He fled as a young man.
The footage of the visit, Justice claimed, was evidence that “the pastor Pavlovsky felt a sense of pride while enjoying his slander.”
Pawlowski, whose probation also forbids him from leaving the province, suggested to Granthshala News that Jermaine’s attitude and sanctions proved the point he was trying to make throughout his US tour.
“When I grew up under the shoes of the Soviet Union, courts like this were called ‘show courts,'” he said. “It was to show that the government can do whatever it wants with you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. And it’s just to scare the public, ‘Look, we can eliminate anyone who We like.’ They are afraid of the truth.”
He said, “I am not hiding. I am not a criminal. I said that I will not obey the order of this court. I refuse to obey the order of a crooked judge. He is not a judge, he is a politician. worker.”
The Alberta Court of the Queen’s Bench did not respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment in time for publication.
Since the pandemic, other churches across Canada have faced imprisoned priest, closed facilities, heavy fine And government officials are continuing to intervene.