Ranting Canadian pastor calls police ‘Nazi psychos’ after entering church to monitor Covid measures

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A controversial Canadian church leader has shared a video of him during an Easter service berating police officers who try to enforce Covid-19 restrictions.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski shouted “Nazis are not welcome here” and called agents “Gestapo” during Saturday’s confrontation.

Pawlowski, the pastor of Calgary’s Street Church, was conducting a Passover service in a building known as the Fort (Cave) of Adullam when officers and city officials arrived.

In the images, filmed by the pastor, several agents are standing on the stairwell entering the building while he orders them to ‘immediately leave this building’.

“I don’t want to hear anything … out immediately,” he shouts as a female officer appears to declare their presence.

“I don’t care what you have to say, Out !,” Pawlowski shouts officers to leave ‘until you come back with an order’.

“Get out, Nazis,” the pastor shouts. “Gestapo is not allowed here.”

A controversial Canadian church leader has shared a video of him during an Easter service berating police officers who try to enforce Covid-19 restrictions.  Pastor Artur Pawlowski (pictured) shouted 'Nazis are not welcome here' and called officers 'Gestapo' during Saturday's confrontation

A controversial Canadian church leader has shared a video of him during an Easter service berating police officers who try to enforce Covid-19 restrictions. Pastor Artur Pawlowski (pictured) shouted ‘Nazis are not welcome here’ and called officers ‘Gestapo’ during Saturday’s confrontation

In the images, filmed by the pastor, several agents are standing on the stairwell entering the building while he orders them to 'immediately leave this building'.

In the images, filmed by the pastor, several agents are standing on the stairwell entering the building while he orders them to 'immediately leave this building'.

In the images, filmed by the pastor, several agents are standing on the stairwell entering the building while he orders them to ‘immediately leave this building’.

The officers eventually leave the building with the pastor behind them.

“Nazis are not welcome here,” he shouts after the agents. “And don’t come out without a warrant.”

Pawlowski then turns the camera on himself for a lengthy rant, labeling officers as “sick psychopaths” and accusing them of “intimidating Christians during the holiest festival.”

The pastor, who often engages in open-air preaching and is known for his fierce opposition to homosexuality, abortion, and Sharia, shared the video on Twitter, writing: “ The police came to disrupt the church meeting!

Gestapo came again to intimidate the parishioners of the church during the Easter celebration !!! Unbelievable! ‘

“I don’t care what you have to say, out!” Roars Pawlowski, telling officers and officers to leave “until you come back with an order.” “Get out, Nazis,” the pastor shouts. ‘Gestapo is not allowed here’

In a press release, Calgary police said agents had been dispatched to ensure compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

“ The concern was that those in attendance were not complying with the government’s COVID-19 public health orders, which are in place to ensure the safety of everyone, ” police said in the release, noting that “ the organizer of the meeting did not cooperate ‘.

No tickets were issued at the time, but police said it was possible they would be in the future.

‘It is up to our partner authorities to determine whether enforcement action can then be taken in response to this situation.’

A spokesperson for Alberta Health Services (AHS) said CTV News that representatives attended the service to “observe whether the organization was following the province’s Covid-19 guidelines,” but were unable to complete their work due to the confrontation.

“ Our inspector was denied access to the interior and thus could not confirm whether (Chief Medical Officer of Health) orders were being followed, ” Marni Kuhlmann, senior communications adviser at AHS, said in an email to CTV News.

‘Our inspectors have an important task and we ask entrepreneurs and organizations to treat them with respect. We stand behind all of our public health inspectors who do a fantastic job in difficult and challenging circumstances, ” she said.

Civil servants and officers eventually leave the building because they have not been able to verify that the guidelines were followed at the service

Civil servants and officers eventually leave the building because they have not been able to verify that the guidelines were followed at the service

Civil servants and officers eventually leave the building because they have not been able to verify that the guidelines were followed at the service

Local media reported that Pawlowski (pictured) has been charged multiple times under Alberta's Public Health Act for violating Covid-19 regulations

Local media reported that Pawlowski (pictured) has been charged multiple times under Alberta's Public Health Act for violating Covid-19 regulations

Local media reported that Pawlowski (pictured) has been charged multiple times under Alberta’s Public Health Act for violating Covid-19 regulations

“We expect all places of worship in Alberta to follow CMOH restrictions, and thank everyone who continues to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this holiday weekend and during the pandemic.”

CTV News reported that in addition to city police, officials from the City of Calgary Bylaw Services were also in attendance.

Local media reported that Pawlowski has been charged multiple times under Alberta’s Public Health Act for violating Covid-19 regulations.

Churches in the area can hold services, but must keep attendance below 15 percent and follow guidelines, which include wearing masks and social distancing.

However, the controversial pastor has been praised by some on social media who view pandemic restrictions as a violation of their right to religious worship.

Ezra Levant, the founder of the far-right commentary website Rebel News, said Pawlowski’s response was “how to deal with police entering a church without a warrant.”

‘They’re lucky they only got a tongue whip: s. 176 of the Criminal Code makes it a crime to disrupt a church service. Those criminals from @CalgaryPolice broke the law (and knew it), ‘he claimed in a tweet.