VIDEO: Calgary Pastor Kicks Police Out of His Church; Calls them ‘Nazis’
Pastor Artur Pawlowski kicked a group of police officers and an individual wearing a public health inspector jacket out of his church on Saturday. He told the group to get “out of his property” and to not return without a warrant while calling them “Nazis,” “gestapo,” and “communists.”
The Calgary Police Service released a statement saying that a “concern” was brought to their attention that his The Fortress (Cave) of Adullam congregation “were not adhering to the government’s COVID-19 public health orders.” The department explained in its press release, “one uniformed member of the Calgary Police Service attended a call to assist our partner agencies, Alberta Health Services and City of Calgary Bylaw services, in relation to a religious gathering being held at the Street Church.”
They added, “in attending public spaces, private homes, and businesses, we continue to strive for voluntary compliance with public health orders where that makes sense.”
“The organizer of the gathering was uncooperative with the health inspector, and repeatedly raised his voice asking all parties to leave the premises, which they did approximately one minute after entry and in a peaceful manner,” said the police department. “No tickets were issued at the time and it will be up to our partner agencies to determine subsequent enforcement activity in response to this situation.”
Pastor Pawlowski told the Toronto Sun that he’s received a number of tickets throughout the pandemic but drew the line when the police came into his church armed. “This is a place of worship and no place for weapons. We have people praying here. They were scaring the kids. This was Passover. This is Easter,” he said.
Moving to Canada in 1995, Pawlowski said that the police entering his congregation to “intimidate” his parishioners brought back horrific memories from his once Nazi-occupied country of Poland. “I was a witness to beatings during the Solidarity movement,” he said. “My grandparents told me about those who were just following orders.”
Pastor Pawlowski said that his church has had no cases of the coronavirus.
“I am trying to stop suicides and help people in despair,” said the pastor. “I just want to be left alone. I just want to be able to do my job to try to help people and save lives.”