Canadian pastor laments about “attacks on church reminding of communism”
Artur Pawlowski, the Canadian pastor who kicked police out of his church after they tried to shut down a worship service during Holy Week said the actions of law enforcement "bring back memories of communism under the Soviet Union."
Pator Pawlowski received plaudits from people worldwide for his actions in forcefully ordering law enforcement officers — including a police officer and public health officer — off the church’s property after they interrupted a Passover mass at Street Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A video documenting his encounter with the local law enforcement went viral, receiving more than three million views.
Calgary Police Service released a statement suggesting that their presence at the church was justified because of a concern that “people in attendance were not adhering to the government’s COVID-19 public health orders, which are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Pawlowski, who grew up in Poland when the country was under a communist dictatorship, appeared on “Fox News Primetime” to discuss the exchange.
“I grew up under communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain, under the brute of the Soviets, and I’m telling you that’s no fun at all. It was a disaster,” Pawlowski recalled. “Police officers could break into your house, five in the morning, they could beat you up, torture you, they could arrest you for no matter what reason.”
“It was like a … flashback when those police officers showed up at my church. Everything kind of came back to life from my childhood,” he said. “And the only thing I could do is to fend off the wolves as a shepherd, and I used my voice to get rid of them. They were illegally encroaching on our rights during the most holy days during the Passover celebration.”
“I was a little bit shaken. But I did what every shepherd, right now, on the planet Earth, should be doing: Fend off the wolves. We as lions should never bow before the hyenas, and that’s what they are right now,” Pawlowski added.