Several police showed up at the church of a pastor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada without a warrant. Pastor Artur Pawlowski ‘politely’ asked them to leave. Apparently, without a warrant the police were actually breaking the law by interrupting a church service.
Maybe ‘polite’ wasn’t the right word, but here is a video of what happened:
You can read the law by clicking here.
Now to be fair, the officers were just obeying order, but having five officers plus a health official show up at the church seems a bit much.
It reminds me a bit of the Apostle Paul and Silas who were arrested and beaten in Philippi after casting a spirit of divination out of a girl. When the justice officials released them the next day, Paul and Silas refused to leave and Paul mentioned that they were Roman citizens. It was illegal under Roman law to beat a citizen without a trial.
37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.” 38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. (Acts 16:37-38)
The Apostle Paul knew his legal rights and used them.
Pastor Pawlowski was previously fined for feeding the homeless:
Meanwhile, police in England are also trying to shut down Easter services as well.
The Independent reports:
A church in southwest London has accused the Metropolitan Police of “brutally exceeding their powers” after officers shut down a Good Friday service for allegedly breaching coronavirus restrictions.
Worshippers at the Christ the King church, a Roman Catholic place of worship in Balham that caters to the area’s Polish community, had been marking Easter when police broke up the service at 6pm.
Footage from the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion service showed officers walking up to the pulpit and tell worshippers to disperse, warning they faced £200 fines or arrest for breaking lockdown rules.
READ: London church accuses police of ‘brutally exceeding powers’ after Easter service shut down