The pastor of a church in Calgary uploaded a video of his meeting with police and other city officials to make sure the church followed COVID-19 guidelines and the interaction went viral.
CTV News reported that Pastor Artur Pavlovski, the head of a street church in Calgary, was holding a service at Adulam’s cave as these officers entered the building.
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Pavlovski – who filmed the meeting – addressed the staff on a staircase in front of the sanctuary.
“Get out of this property now,”
Most of the employees do not hire Pavlovski, but an unidentified woman seems to be trying to explain their presence. Pavlovski did not have it.
“Out!” he shouted. “Exit this property … immediately until you return with an order.” Officers and officers slowly left the building, and Pavlovski followed them outside.
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“The Nazis are not welcome here,” he said. “And don’t go out without a warrant.”
The pastor also calls them the Gestapo.
Pavlovski was praised by some social media users who have criticized the blockade and what they see as an insult to religious worship.
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Ezra Levant, the founder of Rebel News, retouched the footage and said Pavlovski’s response was “how do you deal with the police entering a church without a warrant”.
“They are lucky to have only caught their tongue: p. 176 of the Penal Code is a crime to violate church service. Those @CalgaryPolice robbers are breaking the law (and they knew it),” he tweeted.
The Calgary Herald reports that Pavlovski has been fined several times for violating COVID-19. The newspaper points out that churches there can hold services, but must maintain their presence below 15% and follow guidelines such as wearing masks.
The CTV News report identified officials in the video as members of the Alberta Police Department, the Alberta City Health Service and the Calgary City Council.
“Our inspectors have an important job to do and we ask business owners and organizations to treat them with respect,” the health service said. “We stand by all of our public health inspectors who do an amazing job in difficult and difficult circumstances.”
Police said there were concerns that some present “did not adhere” to government guidelines.
A CTV News report says police are working to determine if tickets can be issued on a future date.