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CALGARY, Alberta, April 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Polish Pastor Artur Pawlowski made headlines around the world this week after video footage emerged of him ordering police out of his church during an Easter Passover Saturday service, seemingly by sheer force of will.
Following his heroic display, Pawlowski appeared on Fox News Primetime, where he defended his actions to host Mark Steyn, explaining that the Canadian police “were illegally encroaching on our rights during the most holy days during the Passover celebration. How dare they?”
Pawlowski, who grew up in communist Poland and is now pastor of The Cave of Adullam church located in Calgary, Alberta, filmed himself confronting the police who had just entered his premises and were attempting to stop the religious service.
“Please get out. Please get out of this property, immediately, get out, get out of this property immediately. I don’t want to hear a word, out, out,” he exclaimed. “I don’t care what you have to say. Out of this property, you Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here … don’t come back without a warrant.”
As the authorities looked on glibly, Pawlowski unleashed yet more indignation, quizzing them: “Do you understand English? Get out of this property, go, go and do not come back without a warrant. Out, Nazis, you understand. Nazis are not welcome here. Do not come back without a warrant.”
“Do not come back here, you Nazi psychopaths! Unbelievably evil, sick people, intimidating people (at) church during the Passover, you Gestapo Nazi communist fascist. Don’t you dare come back here.”
As provincial agencies prepare to "re-open" society, serious concerns have been raised about mooted government plans to track people - using smartphones and other technologies - who have been infected with the coronavirus.
The CBC reports that: "Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said the COVID-19 health crisis calls for a flexible and contextual application of privacy laws."
Therrien made this statement in a government press release, but has yet to elaborate.
And, as of now, Alberta and New Brunswick have both launched their own voluntary contact tracing apps.
So, we need to continue to raise our voices to ensure that these measures stay voluntary.
Please SIGN this urgent petition which urges Canada's premiers, the PM, and government agencies to reject mandatory government contact tracing and surveillance, especially using smartphone technology.
In other countries, like the U.S., Congress is considering measures which would give the federal government $100 BILLION for "diagnostic testing for COVID–19, to trace and monitor the contacts of infected individuals, and to support the quarantine of such contacts..."
And, most chillingly, the bill would also provide for "services" related to the "quarantine [of people] at their residences."
Could this kind of measure be on its way to Canada?
Please sign this urgent petition which urges all Canadian premiers, as well as Prime Minister Trudeau, and all government agencies to reject mandatory government contact tracing and surveillance for the coronavirus, especially using smartphone contact tracing.
We simply must resist imposing Big Brother on ourselves for "safety's sake."
The basic idea of using new technologies for surveillance is that a smartphone app will record each instance when an infected person comes into contact with an uninfected person, and, theoretically, notify the uninfected person of possible exposure to the coronavirus.
Basically, your phone could be equipped to spy on you for the government.
And, that's exactly what we could be facing if we don't demand that government prohibits mandatory contact tracing and surveillance.
There are massive concerns with privacy, security and efficacy.
Here is a list of the biggest threats to freedom:
- Government Surveillance and Privacy - Such apps might not only allow the government to trace your movements (which it can already do), but know who your associates are. Is it really the government's business who you associate with?
- Security - These apps are ripe for attacks by hackers. Do you really want some unknown people, company or govenment to know who your friends and family are?
- The Data - Who will really have access to this data and how long will it be stored? Do you trust 'Big Tech' and the state to do "the right thing" with your data?
Please sign this petition which calls on every provincial premier, the PM, and government agencies to reject mandatory surveillance, especially using smartphone contact tracing and other new technologies.
The threat to personal freedom and to privacy is not to be minimized.
In South Korea, for example, where contact tracing is mandatory, people's private details, like credit card information, GPS location data, CCTV footage, travel documents, and medical records, have been used by the government to discourage free movement.
Using targeted cell phone texts, they have gone so far as to blast out particular personal information about individuals who have tested positive for a contagious disease.
Anyone can see that such a system could be open to abuse...
Today, authorities focus on health concerns, but who says that they won't focus on political considerations in the future?
And, there are other serious concerns about smartphone surveillance, chief among them being: will this technology work at all?
Experts, like Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the former national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who was interviewed by The Verge, suggest that false positives will be a major problem.
So, for all of these reasons, we encourage you to sign and share this urgent and important petition, today.
It will be sent to all premiers and urge them to soundly reject mandatory surveillance, especially using smartphone contact tracing and other new technologies.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'U.S. Democrats propose ominous ‘6666’ bill for coronavirus tracing' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/house-dems-propose-ominous-6666-bill-for-coronavirus-tracing
Press Release on contact tracing from the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/opc-news/news-and-announcements/2020/nr-c_200507/
'Canada's privacy commissioners offer guidance on COVID-19 contact-tracing apps' - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-contact-tracing-app-privacy-commissioners-new-brunswick-1.5557548
'Huge long-term sacrifices of freedom predicted as coronavirus panic continues' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/huge-long-term-sacrifices-of-freedom-predicted-as-coronavirus-panic-continues
'Chinese govt uses smartphones to track citizens, deny service to those deemed threat to society' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-govt-uses-smartphones-to-track-citizens-deny-service-to-those-deemed-threat-to-society
'Contact tracing has a UX problem' - https://www.fastcompany.com/90496839/contact-tracing-has-a-ux-problem
'Why Bluetooth apps are bad at discovering new cases of COVID-19' - https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/4/10/21215267/covid-19-contact-tracing-apps-bluetooth-coronavirus-flaws-public-health
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The group of policemen, bylaw officers, and Alberta Health Service (AHS) officials subsequently turned around and left.
“The audacity of those people (the police) coming; it was a shocking thing,” Pawlowski told Steyn, admitting that the experience left him “a little bit shaken.” In spite of his nerves, Pawlowski maintained that he “did what every shepherd right now on the planet earth should be doing: fend off the wolves.”
Pawlowski described his childhood in Poland, growing up under a “communist dictatorship behind the iron curtain, under the boot of the Soviets,” explaining that it was “no fun at all.”
The regime “was a disaster,” he said. “Police officers could break into your house at five in the morning, they could beat you up, torture, they could arrest you for no matter what reason they would come up with.”
“There was a famous saying in Poland when I was growing up by the police: give me a man and we will find something on that man. So it was like a … flashback when those police officers showed up at my church. Everything kind of came back to life from my childhood 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.”
Pawlowski added that “we as lions should never bow before the hyenas and that's what they are right now.”
Given his upbringing and reading the signs of the times, Pawlowski noted a personal prediction: the coming of tight, communistic controls, not unlike those of his ancestral home.
“I have been warning Canadians for the past 16 years that that's what's coming. I could smell it, I could see it at every corner, the implementation of what we are seeing now,” he said, later warning that allowing such a regime to take over would be “a disaster; that's hell on earth.”
Pawlowski offered useful instruction on how to oppose encroaching authoritarianism, in the model he had demonstrated himself on Holy Saturday: “Get them (overbearing authorities) out of your properties, out of your businesses, out of your churches. Open up open the churches; clergymen should unite and start pushing this darkness away and we should come and take to the streets and say ‘no more lockdowns, no more restrictions. We will not put up with this anymore. We are fighting back.’”
“History is teaching us that those people (authoritarian forces) will never give up their new gained powers. You got to demand those rights back, you have to fight for your rights, they'll never give it back to you freely,” he said.
Pawlowski is not the only Christian pastor in the Alberta region to feel the hammer of the state fall upon him. Earlier in the year, James Coates, pastor of Christian Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Alberta, was imprisoned after he held a church service in violation of a January 29 order by AHS demanding that the church doors remain shut.
He refused to agree to bail conditions that blocked his release unless he agreed to not hold church services amid severe lockdowns, an act that he said was made from “obedience” to God.
Coates was later freed from jail on March 22 but still faces immense pressure from local authorities, who have since raided and barricaded his church, blocking entry to worshippers and setting up round-the-clock surveillance.