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SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (LifeSiteNews) – During a Thanksgiving church service this Sunday, New Brunswick police officers and health officials arrested a pastor and padlocked the church being used, citing that the number of attendees at the service exceeded the so-called COVID-19 “health limit.”

On Sunday, New Brunswick (NB) police officers and health officials detained associate pastor Cody Butler at His Tabernacle Family Church in Saint John for holding a Thanksgiving worship service that exceeded the number of government-allowed participants.

The government then padlocked the church and posted a “closure notice” on the building. 

“WELCOME TO CANADA, WHERE THEY PADLOCK THE CHURCH ON THANKSGIVING,” posted founder and lead pastor of His Tabernacle Family Church Phil Hutchings on Facebook, the morning after his associate’s arrest and his church’s closure. 

“They came harassing me this morning at my home again…after the court told them not to return to our residence for any correspondence. Now Public Safety has issued closure of our church doors even after we complied,” he added. 

According to Rebel News, whose legal team “Fight the Fines” is representing the church in their fight against the recent arrest and shutdown, His Tabernacle Church will be allowed to reopen once they comply with the dictatorial “health” rules listed under Section 3 and Section 15 of New Brunswick’s Preventative Measures – Public Health Act.  

Section 3 demands that “owners, occupiers, and managers” demand each person provide “proof-of-vaccination” before entering any publicly accessible “indoor gatherings” under their purview. 

A small exception is made for churches, that if they cannot comply with the vaccine mandate, they must operate at 50 percent capacity, disallow any form of singing, require everyone to wear a mask, and space everyone two meters apart.  

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The Knights of Columbus in Quebec have apparently begun to pressurize and bully unvaccinated council members and officers who decline to take the COVID jab.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to the Quebec Knights of Columbus, urging the Catholic men's fraternal organization to reverse course and stop penalizing Knights who refuse these unethical, untested and unsafe vaccines.

According to a letter obtained by LifeSiteNews, the leaders of the Quebec State Council of the Knights have seemingly implemented the following restrictions on unvaccinated members: 1) Effective immediately, unvaccinated knights shall be refused access to meeting and social venues; and, 2) Effective November 15th, any officer not "fully vaccinated" shall be relieved of his duties.

If true (and, there is no reason to believe it is not accurate), this Quebec Knights' policy is not only deeply flawed, but also deeply disturbing.

Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that a Catholic may use his or her conscience to decide to licitly refuse vaccination.

And, while the Church is allowing Catholics to take these unethical vaccines because of the lack of an ethically produced and tested vaccine, it must noted that the Church IS AGAINST FORCED VACCINATION and vaccine mandates.

Therefore, it is difficult to fathom how a Catholic organization can penalize (and, in effect, try to coerce) Catholics to accept vaccines which have many morally and medically troubling aspects.

To start with, all COVID vaccines available to Knights Quebecois were either developed or tested using aborted fetal cell lines! This very fact should militate against penalizing Knights who cannot accept these jabs, in good conscience, as morally repugnant per se.

And, there are at least three other serious issues with the vaccines, namely:

  1. The vaccines are, themselves, unsafe. The WHO has already reported over 2.1M injuries related to COVID jabs, worldwide.
  2. The vaccines do not effectively stop transmission, and, in fact, probably facilitate transmission by allowing a vaccinated person to carry a large viral load which they can then spread to vaccinated and unvaccinated, alike.
  3. It is unwise to take and promote vaccines which have not undergone sufficient testing (animal, and otherwise), and which have no track record for possible long-term negative complications. Whereas most vaccines have taken between six and ten years to be fully tested and approved, these COVID jabs have only been given for less than a year -- and so, we do not know what the long-term effects will be.

With these issues in mind, please SIGN and SHARE this petition which calls on the Quebec Knights of Columbus State Council to reverse the draconian restrictions being placed against unvaccinated Knights.

The Quebec Knights of Columbus should be prepared to make reasonable accommodations for those members and officers who have decided to refuse these unethical, untested and unsafe vaccines.

After signing, please take a few minutes to contact the Quebec Knights of Columbus to politely, but firmly, ask them to reverse this decision which could seriously impinge on their fellow Knights' ability to follow their consciences in relation to taking a COVID vaccine.

Quebec Knights of Columbus Telephone Numbers: 450-768-0616 or 1866-893-3681

Quebec Knights of Columbus Email: [email protected]



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In even more Orwellian fashion, Section 15 compels everyone operating a publicly accessible facility in the province to allow police and public health officials access to the facility, whenever asked, for inspections related to the compliance of COVID-19 government measures. 

Fielding additional opposition to the shocking action taken by the government, while pointing out the hypocrisy that the arrest, detainment, and closure was carried out in the name of public health and the “common good,” Hutchings continued to blast the government on social media. 


“Contact their office today and demand justice & resignations,” he added. 

Per the church’s site, they offer many programs to aid the public in their faith, and life more broadly, including information and guidance on the topics of marriage, overcoming hurt, faith and finances, as well as family and parenting, and many others. 

The church’s mission statement also explicitly stresses the importance and impact it has on the community, saying, “We spread the gospel and demonstrate the love of God through community outreaches, supporting local agencies and helping other ministries around the world.” 

Since the disturbing event, many people have flooded the comment section under Hutchings’ Facebook announcement regarding the persecution his church is facing. 

“They can padlock a building but they can’t padlock the church. Keep on keeping on,” wrote one user. 

“Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, if it’s anything like here in Alberta. You’ll probably be standing alone amongst your fellow brothers and sisters. In fact, some of the loudest critics and mud slingers will come from other local churches,” wrote another. 

This is not the first time that the Canadian government has locked churches, detained pastors, and issued fines for public worship, all in the name of COVID. 

At least four pastors have been arrested in Alberta alone for holding church services that violate COVID-19 mandates, with one pastor, James Coates, spending 35 days in jail when he dared to hold public worship services during the so-called pandemic. 

Additionally, in Nova Scotia, Weston Christian Fellowship Church currently faces over $100,000 in fines for keeping their church open and has also retained Rebel News’ Fight the Fines to help mount their legal defense.

As stated by Canadian constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati, who is currently leading multiple lawsuits against all levels of government regarding so-called COVID-19 restrictions, “This is not a medical or health agenda, this is a political one. They want everybody vaccinated for whatever reason. Up until now, there has never been a problem with people exercising their choice.”