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Royal Canadian Mounted Police blocked off roads to GraceLife Church while crews erected a fence around the site. Alberta Health Services had ordered the church closed because members continued to meet in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions. AHS said the church would remain closed until members agree not to violate COVID-19 guidelines, which allow churches to open at no more than 15 percent capacity and mandate that masks be worn and people from different households remain two meters apart.

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  1. You know who else like to shut down churches?

    1. The Romans?

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    2. The Chinese Communist Party?

      1. The ATF?

    3. Chick-fil-A?

    4. Other COVID Nazis?

    5. The Moors?

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  2. AHS said the church would remain closed until members agree not to violate COVID-19 guidelines…

    No talk of the guidelines ever being lifted? We’ll see whose god outlasts whose.

    1. The prophets have stated that once COVID smites 85% of the congregants for their sins, the point will be moot. Who are you to doubt the words of the almighty?

    2. AHS could learn from ATF to just machine-gun the lot of them–men, women and kids, set the entire city block on fire and claim self-defense and the Drool of Law.

  3. Left out of this summary:. Canada found new ways to create law and jail people.

    There was no jail time for any of the infractions the pastor was accused of. Yet he spent 35 days in jail.

    They tried to get him to sign what was essentially a consent decree that he would not violate any health orders. Violating that promise would be a crime and come with jail time.

    He refused.

    So they arrested him and charged him with violating the consent decree anyway…. Even though he never agreed to it, never signed it.

    It was the lone charge that he plead guilty to…. $1,500 fine that he won’t pay because he spent a month in jail. Apparantly it was the only way to get out of jail.

    Then they siezed the church and surrounded it with a temporary fence and blocked off roads to keep people from attending protests.

    They are suing to contest the application of the Canadian Health Law keeping churches closed but allowing Wal-Mart to open. They will contest the government claims that they are simply following the science.

    The government counters that they need to delay the court case for months so they can gather the evidence. You know… The evidence they claim they have that drove them to close churches, specifically.

    These good folks are pretty much exposing their government for simply making stuff up and arbitrarily instituting rules that act as law without any evidence.

    Their latest move was to move the curfew from 9:30 pm to 8:00 pm just as the days get longer. You know… So people won’t do stuff outside and kids won’t play in the parks. All things that science shows are big-time spreaders of Covid.

    1. If only we could have predicted that churches would have to petition a Progressive government to recognize science.

      Science! The most powerful religion in the world right now.

      1. No, faux-science is the most popular religion. Actual science is the religion hated by statists above all others.

    2. If the kids protest in the parks instead they’ll be perfectly safe.

    3. Appreciate the details, we do.

  4. After protesters tore down the fence, they sent out 200(!) riot police to put the fence back up and protect it. This is no longer about the coronavirus, this is about obedience to the government and doing what you’re told, you filthy peasant.

    1. So the church members should get a bunch of horns and start marching around the fence – – – – –

      1. I can lend them two Ipads.

      2. That is funny!

        Word is that the protesters who were there and tore the fence down were “outside agitators”…. Meaning people who don’t go to that church but are sympathetic to the “holy crap, you guys are going way to far in violating these people’s rights” side of things. Apparently the church folk were holding church services somewhere else at the time.

  5. Canada. Meh.

    CB

  6. The Canucks should take a lead from our books and call the pastor and his flock “insurrectionists” for tearing down the cops’ fence

    1. I would support this.

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  8. Bonus funny… The politician in charge of all of this has a Twitter history talking about the evils of the Chinese government closing churches. You really can’t parody our world any more.

  9. “You really can’t parody our world any more.”

    Poe agrees. Don’t need no stink’n Onion, just watch the news.

  10. The leftie attack on religion continues unabated, except now they aren’t even trying to hide it.

    Be funny if they tried it here – oh wait they did in Burbank.

    Just a matter of time until it gets to the redder states although it would be hilarious to try this in some places – that fence wouldn’t last a day.

    1. Yep, Christian National Socialists and lay communists both believe in the initiation of force. By now, the rest of us have had about a century to observe all this and conclude in favor of moving policy away from the initiation of force. That altruists abhor this idea validates Ayn Rand’s explanation of altruism’s standard of value.

  11. I guess we’ve figured out why the US is doing so bad at this COVID thing. The rest of the world is using two meters of #socialdistance and us morons are using two yards. As my current custody battle demonstrates, six inches makes all the difference between a life of freedom and a life of hell.

    1. Tiny is as tiny does.

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