Court of Appeals suspends compelled speech order on anti-lockdown pastor Artur Pawlowski
By Mary Villareal // Nov 30, 2021

An Alberta, Canada lower court in October ordered Pastor Artur Pawlowski, his brother Dawid and a cafe owner Chris Scott to offer a disclaimer and include the government's Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) narrative whenever they decide to criticize the government online or off.


On November 25, the Court of Appeals suspended the extreme compelled speech punishment and the men will no longer be required to state the government's narrative on restrictions every time they voice their anti-lockdown and vaccine-skeptic opinions.

The original ruling was handed down by Justice Adam Germain in the lower court, who said that if they are going to go against the official COVID-19 narrative, they should share a disclaimer that their beliefs may not be held by medical experts when posting online.

The order that they were forced to say official propaganda when they criticize the government was part of the abusive and anti-Christian sentence from Germain, who is a failed Liberal candidate appointed to the courts as a patronage pay-off.

Justice Jo'Anne Stekraf threw out the unconstitutional, Soviet-style sentence that the lower judge imposed on the men. Effective immediately, they no longer had to denounce themselves after any criticisms regarding the government lockdowns.

However, the court's suspension of the harsh punishment is not yet final. The appeal case is still ongoing, with a hearing set for June 14, 2022.

Pawlowski's troubles

There had been two unannounced health inspections of Pawlowski's church earlier this year, in which he referred to the police and health inspectors as "Gestapo Nazis." (Related: Jasmine Comeau: 17-year-old Canadian girl loses use of her left leg and foot four days after second Pfizer mRNA injection.)

In May, he and his brother were taken into custody for conducting service at their church in Calgary during the COVID lockdown, and he had to spend three nights in prison before being freed on bond.

In July, the American Health Services (AHS) sought the court to condemn the pastor to 21 days in prison for "openly" defying COVID regulations. Attorney John Siddons of the AHS also argued in September that Pawlowski should be penalized $2,000 and pay $15,000 in legal fees. Moreover, he suggested that Dawid spend 10 days in prison.

Ezra Levant from Rebel Media, who helped work to raise money to pay for Pawlowski’s legal bills, announced in a video that the Alberta Court of Appeals suspended the sentence given to the pastor.

Levant added that the appellate court’s decision means that Pawlowski no longer has to abide by the terms of the ruling that made him issue an addendum after making "any public comment relating to the pandemic or the lockdowns."

"The Alberta Court of Appeal stayed the enforcement of that and ordered an expedited hearing. I'm so optimistic. It's not the final battle but it's a great beginning to what I hope is a freedom-oriented ending here," Levant said.

Given that the restrictions imposed by state authorities violate the men's fundamental rights, many are certain that they will win the court trial next year.


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