EXCLUSIVE: The Polish guy-Canadian The pastor who was jailed for hosting church services in Calgary, Alta., Said he would refuse to obey a court order requiring him to publicly echo established views of medical experts regarding COVID-19 .
Pastor Artur Pawlowski was sentenced by Queen’s Bench Judge Adam Germain to 18 months probation, according to a written decision released on Friday.
The ruling is the latest development in the ongoing legal battle in Alberta against Pawlowski, who has faced a civil contempt charge for organizing religious services in violation of a court order prohibiting organizing, promoting or to attend an “illegal public gathering”.
He faced another contempt charge for repeatedly expelling armed officials attempting to inspect his sanctuary for COVID-19 compliance, for which he first drew international attention.
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In addition to tens of thousands of dollars in fees and fines, a condition of Pawlowski’s probation requires him to parrot “the majority of medical experts in Alberta” over social distancing, mask-wearing and vaccines, even when he speaks in church.
“The final term of his probation order will be when he exercises his right to freedom of expression and speaks out against [Alberta Health Services] Health Orders and AHS Health Recommendations, at a public gathering or public forum (including electronic social media) it should state in its communications the following, ”wrote Germain, who attached a script:
“I am also aware that the views I express to you on this occasion may not be those of the majority of medical experts in Alberta. While I may disagree with them, I am compelled to inform you that the majority of medical experts support social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding large crowds to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most medical experts also support participation in a vaccination program, except for a valid religious or medical reason you cannot be vaccinated. Vaccines have been shown statistically to save lives and reduce the severity of symptoms of COVID-19. “
Pawlowski told Fox News he had no intention of complying with Germain’s sanction, which he condemned as “unconstitutional,” “illegal,” and a clear example of “forced speech like in China and in North Korea ”.
“This crooked judge wants to make me a CBC or CNN reporter, that every time I’m in public, every time I open my mouth, I have to pray their mantra to the government,” he said.
Pawlowski said the judge’s condition is “unprecedented” in Canada, a claim echoed by his lawyer, Sarah Miller, who called Germain’s sanction “bizarre” and “probably unconstitutional” under section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of expression.
“This is totally and totally new to sentencing as far as I know or as far as I know,” Miller told Fox News. “I have never heard of any kind of probationary period that includes conditions that require certain speeches. It seems very unusual and rare. “
Miller said it remains unclear how and to what extent Pawlowski’s speech will be monitored for compliance, but noted that there appear to be no caveats protecting what he says from the pulpit.
“They tell me what I can and can’t preach,” Pawlowski said. “They tell me that every time I want to address the public, I have to spit out their lie first so that I can get my message across. It’s China. It’s North Korea. “
Germain, a former Liberal Party politician in Alberta, also issued a full and personal rebuke to Pawlowski in which he speculated the pastor wanted to be punished.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) prosecutors were looking for 21 days in jail for Pawlowski, but Germain said he decided not to pass such a sentence because “it would be a slap on the wrist that would make him a martyr ”.
Germain also said that Pawlowski “taunted me for imprisoning him” with his statement in court in September, when he claimed to be “a prisoner of political conscience” and denounced Canadian politicians as “liars, hypocrites and cheaters ”.
Pawlowski told Germain that if he intends to jail him as AHS demanded, he should also jail Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who apologized in June after being caught in the process. breaking his own health rules in 24 different ways at a private dinner with members of his cabinet.
Germain pointed to Pawlowski’s denunciation of Kenney, saying he saw it as evidence of the pastor’s “fervent desire that I martyr him by giving him a little more jail time to add a little more gasoline to the pastor. anti-mask and anti-vaccination fire ”.
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Germain was particularly outraged at Pawlowski’s speaking tour across the United States over the summer, during which he met with lawmakers and warned the public that Western governments increasingly resemble the communist regime in Poland he fled young.
The images of the trip, the justice said, were proof that “Pastor Pawlowski exudes pride, while savoring his notoriety.”
Pawlowski, whose probation also bars him from leaving the province, suggested to Fox News that Germain’s attitude and sanctions prove the point he was trying to make throughout his U.S. tour.
“When I grew up under Soviet boots, courts like this were called ‘show courts’,” he said. “It was to show that the government can do whatever it wants with you, and you can’t do anything about it. And it’s just to scare the audience by saying to you, ‘See, we can do this whoever we want.’ They are afraid of the truth. “
“I’m not hiding. I am not a criminal. I said I would not obey this court order. I refuse to obey the order of a crooked judge. He’s not a judge, he’s a political activist, ”he added.
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The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment in time for publication.
Since the pandemic, other churches across Canada have faced imprisoned pastors, locked facilities, high fines and continued interference by government officials.