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US senator blasts Alberta for locking up pastors

Police in Alberta have arrested three pastors – James Coates, Tim Stephens and Art Pawlowski – under orders from the Alberta Health Services for repeatedly holding services that breached COVID-19 capacity regulations.

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A US senator is urging his government to put Canada on its freedom of religion watch list because Alberta repeatedly arrested and jailed pastors for breaking COVID-19 regulations.

“I am troubled that our Canadian neighbors are effectively being forced to gather in secret, undisclosed locations to exercise their basic freedom to worship,” Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley wrote in a letter to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

“Frankly, I would expect this sort of religious crackdown in Communist China, not in a prominent Western nation like Canada. Canadian authorities’ arrest of faith leaders and seizure of church property, among other enforcement actions, appear to constitute systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”

Police in Alberta have arrested three pastors – James Coates, Tim Stephens and Art Pawlowski – under orders from the Alberta Health Services for repeatedly holding services that breached COVID-19 capacity regulations.

“On June 14, Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary, who was previously arrested in May, was arrested again at home in front of his wife and children. Media outlets captured heartbreaking video of the pastor’s children sobbing as they held their father’s hand through the barred window of a police car. Pastor Stephens’ alleged violation was holding an outdoor worship service in a park, which was apparently discovered by a police helicopter flying overhead,” Hawley wrote.

“Other Canadian pastors, such as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Spruce Grove, have similarly faced arrests and enforcement actions. Authorities reportedly seized and fenced off the GraceLife Church building in April, which sparked a protest of hundreds of people in opposition to the move.”

Hawley noted the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that “everyone has the following fundamental freedoms,” which include the “freedom of conscience and religion.”

“The arrests and actions taken to enforce overly burdensome and unjustified orders, however, do not seem to live up to this praiseworthy statement,” he said.

“Canadian authorities’ arrest of faith leaders and seizure of church property, among other enforcement actions, appear to constitute systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. I urge the Commission on International Religious Freedom to take whatever action is necessary to address and rectify this situation, and consider adding Canada to the Commission’s Watch List.”

Hawley’s letter was cc’d to Kirsten Hillman, the Canadian ambassador to the US.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. test

    June 28, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    test

  2. R3

    June 28, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Liliana Brown,
    Other media, like Global covered Hawley but they attempted to discredit him with their usual evil Trump supporter crap.

  3. Aynus Rand

    June 28, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Josh, don’t you have some murderous anti-democratic insurrectionists you could spend some more time with & support… ?

  4. Shepherdess

    June 28, 2021 at 10:28 am

    While I appreciate Senator Hawley’s attention to this, to say that he will request that Canada be put on the freedom of religion watchlist while many pastors in the U.S. are facing million dollar fines for opening their churches, Christian viewpoints are being censored on social media, and Christians who are Republicans are losing their jobs, this seems hypocritical. However, maybe he is having the same fight in his home country and in that case I stand corrected.

  5. Josh

    June 25, 2021 at 10:13 am

    @Left Coast

    https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/2006/BillText/er/HTML

    Line 1097-1118

    Even though its personal choice. This portion was left in place.

    Its more up to the discretion of health authorities but if the past year and a half has taught us anything. They do not have our best interest in mind.

  6. Left Coast

    June 25, 2021 at 8:52 am

    @ JOSH . . .

    I am pretty sure you watch too much CNN . . . that is a bizzar accusation, can you supply any support for your statement?

  7. Cosmo Kramer

    June 25, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Liliana, sadly you are right. Kenney probably knows this and would not be worried. They may have to take notice if Canada is added to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s watch list. It does belong there.

    I would like to add that I know people of non-Christian faiths who have been going to their places of worship for services for over the past year and have been left alone. I am not complaining in that I think they should be allowed to worship but so should Christians as well. The Kenney government is specifically targeting Christians for persecution.

  8. Liliana Brown

    June 25, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Too bad mainstream media will never cover this.

  9. Andrew

    June 25, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Thank you Senator Hawley!

  10. Josh

    June 25, 2021 at 12:03 am

    @COSMO KRAMER
    im pretty sure florida still has its legislation to vaccine indivials they deem as a threat at all costs.

  11. Cosmo Kramer

    June 24, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    If things get worse here, maybe a lot of us could qualify as a persecuted minority and be accepted into the USA (Florida!) as religious refugees.

  12. Declan Carroll

    June 24, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    The deplorables throwing down the gauntlet for Albertans. #AmericaFirst, MAGA#1!

  13. Baron Not Baron

    June 24, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Communist POS Kenney.. I hope he chokes to death on his dinner, while others were blocked from having work, to provide a diner for their families.

  14. francis witzel

    June 24, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    Thankyou Senator Hailey , our government is not listening to its own people maybe they’ll listen to you , but I doubt it , Trudeau is trying really hard to copy China

  15. berta baby

    June 24, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    wow how embarrassing for communist kenney…. Canada is just a colony of china and the left and migrants just keep blindly voting for it. Look at Hong Kong and look at the censorship laws and the jailing of pastors here… shame on our leaders and the people who vote for them

  16. Left Coast

    June 24, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Senator Hawley is a brilliant man . . . and a dedicated public servant.
    Too bad we don’t have a few like him in Canadian Politics.

    Locking down Churches was the stupidest thing Govts could do. Millions of Canadians depend on their local churches for emotional well-being. But thoughtless Govt lackies and inept Politicians like Kenny decided they were not “Essential”.

    Large contributors like Wallmart, Safeway, Costco and other large Corporations were allowed to function. 100s of people wandered through their businesses handling 1000s of items. This was deemed “SAVE” but sitting in a church pew social distancing was “Dangerous” . . . this is patently INSANE, and these gutless politicians should get ZERO votes next election cycle. Small Business was given the same Treatment by these imbeciles . . . we will likely never be able to add up the damage, deaths & economic destruction. But I guarantee it is much larger than the numbers that died from the Virus!

    Class Action lawsuits should be cued up to go after these incompetent so-called leaders!

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Truckers: ‘We are not separatists or terrorists’

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks-alone- going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks.

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Truckers on the Freedom Convoy are rejecting characterizations they are “separatists” and “terrorists.”

“A small team of Alberta truckers, their family members and friends, came to the decision that the Government of Canada has crossed a line with implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports and vaccine mandates. As of today, we now have the support of millions of Canadians from across the country,” group organizers said in a press release.

Demands from the Freedom Convoy to the federal government are:

  • Terminate all vaccine passports, including inter-Canada passport systems.
  • Eliminate mandatory programs of vaccination and contact tracing.
  • Respect the rights of those who wish to remain unvaccinated.
  • Cease the divisive rhetoric attacking Canadians who disagree with government mandates.
  • Cease limiting debate through coercive measures with the goal of censoring those who have varying or incorrect opinions.

“A unified and free Canada can be our future, and it starts now with reminding the government they serve the people,” stated the truckers.

“We have an opportunity for all of us to come together irrespective of our differences and do what is needed to ensure our freedoms are protected now and for future generations.

Statements claiming the convoy participants are ‘separatists’ or ‘terrorists’ are “categorically false and an attempt to smear” the movement, organizers said.

“It is saddening this kind of rhetoric is coming from Prime Minister Trudeau and his government. Instead of protecting our basic freedoms outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Justin and his government seek to do the opposite. He is continually issuing defamatory comments and maligning large segments of the population. If history has taught us anything, these are actions that cannot be ignored. We are peaceful, hard-working Canadians who love our country and want the betterment for all Canadians.”

The organizers said due to the mass support of the movement, they can no longer guarantee the average Canadian will not be disrupted by the protest.

“For that, we are truly sorry, and we will do our very best to limit the disruptions to your lives. We ask that Canadians remember we are fighting for everyone’s freedoms and it’s the political class that has abandoned us all,” said the release.

The organization announced the number of heavy trucks going to Ottawa is close to 50,000, a large increase from the original expected 1,600 trucks. One driver going the opposite direction told the Western Standard he measured the convoy at 100-km long as it approached Winnipeg.

Some supporters are unable to commit to the whole trip, but are finding ways to still participate.

“A lot of vehicles just join the parade while it’s close to their homes and then peel off later, so it’s dynamic,” Martin Halvorson, a driver in the convoy, told the Western Standard.

“The amount of people is unknown because we are not counting … The numbers are big,” convoy organizer, Andy Draaistra, told the Western Standard.

“All the support is unbelievable, we hope the overpasses will hold the tons of people,” said Draaistra.

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The protest is against federal COVID-19 mandates and is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa January 30 and then hold a mass demonstration the next day, Monday, when Parliament reumes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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China changes Fight Club ending to cops busting anarchists

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

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The classic film Fight Club has been changed for viewers in China, with a ‘happy ending’ that complies with domestic censorship rules.

An altered version of the 1999 film was released on streaming platform Tencent Video in China over the weekend.

Multiple scenes from the original cut were deleted and a new ending was added.

Many in China had seen the original film pirated online and were surprised when streaming the newly released version.

Instead of buildings exploding at the end, the version shows authorities step in and win. 

Original closing scene of Fight Club

In the closing scenes of the original the narrator kills off his imaginary alter ego Tyler Durden and then watches multiple buildings explode with Marla Singer, suggesting his character’s plan to bring down modern civilization is underway.

In the censored version released in China, the narrator still kills off Durden, but the exploding buildings scene is replaced with a written message on black screen.

“The police rapidly figured out the whole plan and arrested all criminals, successfully preventing the bomb from exploding.”

As well as Tyler, figment of the narrator’s imagination was sent to a ‘lunatic asylum’ for psychological treatment and later discharged.

Revised ending to Fight Club

China is home to some of the strictest rules regarding censorship, and only a handful of foreign films are released each year.

In the past Hollywood has created alternative cuts in order to comply with Chinese censorship rules, in hopes to access millions of viewers in the country.

It is unclear if the cut was made by western movie producers, or the Chinese government.

Tencent did not comment on the matter.

Authorities under President Xi Jinping have been working to eliminate society of influences classified as unhealthy, including within movies, television, computer games.

This effort was also extended to cracking down on the country’s local celebrities for perceived immoral behaviour.

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced earlier this week an organized month-long ‘clean’ web campaign to create a ‘civilized and healthy’ online atmosphere.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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Butt launches Twitter tirade on Scheer for supporting truckers

“It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened?”

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The former top aide to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has launched a Twitter broadside against former Conservative leader Andrew Scheer after he supported the truckers’ convoy rolling across Canada to protest vaccine mandates.

“Thank you Truckers! Trudeau is attacking personal liberty and threatening everyone’s ability to get groceries because of his overreach on vaccine mandates. He is the biggest threat to freedom in Canada,” Scheer tweeted.

Scheer tweet

That was enough to set Butts off.

“A breathtakingly irresponsible thing for a former Leader of the Opposition to say. Calling the prime minister — any prime minister — the biggest threat to Canadian liberty? This isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a welcome mat,” he tweeted.

“Politics is a rough business and not for the thin of skin or faint of heart. But the people in these enormously important offices have to respect those offices, even if they don’t like each other.”

Butts tweet

In a later tweet, Butts said: “Have been thinking about Mr Scheer’s comments all day. It’s a truly depressing turn for our politics to take in Canada. Have we paid no attention to what happened to US politics, and how it happened? I almost wish I were a Conservative, so I could fight for my party’s soul.”

On the weekend, Butts took a run at organizer Tamara Lich in an attempt to cast doubt on the integrity of Convoy For Freedom 2022.

“An Alberta separatist has collected almost a million bucks on a GoFundMe page to ‘support’ trucker protests. Where will the money go?” asked Butts in a tweet. 

More than $4.5 million has been raised to date as thousands of truckers are expected to descend on Ottawa this weekend.

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