New Brunswick pastor arrested for not enforcing COVID rules, allowing in unvaccinated congregants

New Brunswick’s government wants the court to imprison Pastor Phil if he fails to follow laws that require turning away unvaccinated congregants. Sign the petition on this page to stop the government persecution of Pastor Phil.

[NB – This is part of a larger pattern of persecution of Christians and violation of freedom of religion in Canada and the world due to the imposition of Covid restrictions, which seem to be a pretext for imposing authoritarian rule patterned after Communist China, where Christianity is illegal.

While most church have complied with the rules, it has been to their detriment: many closed down forever and parishioners were not served. That was wrong. The few churches that stood up to this tyranny were fined and punished. But at Matthew 5:10 says “Blessed are they that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” A few brave pastors stood up against this tyranny, to their credit.

Meanwhile, BLM protests were given the sanction of the state, which underscored the fact that this is not about public health at all, but is being used to undermine individual rights and impose autocracy.

Sadly, many churches have even taken the approach of restricting parishioners from attending who are not vaccinated — as though this ‘vaccine’ confers immunity (it does not). Such blatant discrimination is nothing less than evil; it’s fear-based, not love-based. Did Jesus ever shun lepers? He healed them. And why is the church treating healthy people as though they’re diseased? This is very wrong.

For more theological arguments see:
(1) articles on this site on Covid and religion and (2) on Covid and Christianity]

by Mocha Bezirgan, for Rebel News, Oct. 20, 2021

Pastor Phil Hutchings of His Tabernacle Family Church in Saint John, New Brunswick was served with a notice of motion Wednesday, October 12 in the afternoon by the Minister of Health.

The notice requires Hutchings to appear before a judge tomorrow, at 2 p.m. to answer for allegedly violating an interlocutory injunction dated October 8. That previous order obligated Hutchings to follow all COVID regulations in the New Brunswick Public Health Act and the Revised Mandatory Order which mandates His Tabernacle to force congregants to wear masks.

Under the Act, for every church and other faith venues, the owners, occupiers and managers are required to take every responsible step to ensure at every indoor faith gathering that every person in the venue is fully vaccinated against covid-19. For gatherings other than weddings, funerals, and social gatherings, the owners, occupiers, and managers may alternatively choose to ensure that persons in the venues are masked, that the venue does not exceed 50% of capacity, the persons are distanced two or more meters, that there is no singing, that every person in attendance is recorded including row and pew number, and that those records are turned over to Public Health officials.

The Ministry of Health motion is asking the court to hold Hutchings in contempt of a court order and asks that the court imprison Hutchings “if he again fails to comply with the consent order and any other order the court deems necessary.”

The motion also asks for sanctions against the church as an entity.

If you want to stop the government persecution of Pastor Phil, then please sign the petition here.

From the 1950s; applicable now more than ever

Some memes I created last year during lockdowns. Please share if you wish

This was based on a bad ruling by the U.S. Supreme court, which allowed a casino to
operate in Nevada but closed churches

I did not create one below but it asks a good question:

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"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity ... the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.) "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore the motto of the [European] Enlightenment. "Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance. They are the reasons why it is so easy for others to set themselves up as guardians. It is so comfortable to be a minor. If I have a book that thinks for me, a pastor who acts as my conscience, a physician who prescribes my diet [or vaccine], and so on--then I have no need to exert myself. I have no need to think, if only I can pay; others will take care of that disagreeable business for me. Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind ... should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts. "Thus it is very difficult for the individual to work himself out of the immaturity which has become almost second nature to him. He has even grown to like it, and is at first really incapable of using his own understanding because he has never been permitted to try it. Dogmas and formulas [e.g., Leftist ideology, identity politics] these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use--or rather abuse--of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting immaturity. The man who casts them off would make an uncertain leap over the narrowest ditch, because he is not used to such free movement. That is why there are only a few men who walk firmly, and who have emerged from immaturity by cultivating their own minds." - Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment"

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