CALGARY, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) — The Provincial Court of Alberta has dropped COVID health charges against Pastor Tim Stephens, a Christian clergyman who spent a combined 21 days in jail.
“This is vindication, not only for me, but vindication that the government grossly abused their power,” Stephens tweeted on Tuesday.
“In all of this, I rejoice since the gospel of Jesus Christ went forth in power, and Christ built his church. All glory to God!”
This is vindication, not only for me, but vindication that the government grossly abused their power.
In all of this, I rejoice since the gospel of Jesus Christ went forth in power, and Christ built his church. All glory to God!https://t.co/eohoMzrisg
— Tim Stephens (@tim__stephens) November 1, 2022
Stephens, a father of eight who serves as the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Calgary, said he was found not guilty of two health charges for which he was tried for last month.
Additionally, he noted that he had “5 health tickets withdrawn, 1 criminal charge withdrawn, 1 contempt charge withdrawn, and now acquitted on these two counts.”
“But I still spent 21 days in jail,” tweeted Stephens.
I was found not guilty today on two health charges that were tried last month.
In total, 5 health tickets withdrawn, 1 criminal charge withdrawn, 1 contempt charge withdrawn, and now acquitted on these two counts.
But I still spent 21 days in jail.
— Tim Stephens (@tim__stephens) November 1, 2022
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) represented Stephens as his legal counsel. In a November 1 press release, the JCCF said it is “pleased that the court acquitted Pastor Stephens on the charges of not complying with a public health order.”
“Pastor Stephens was illegally arrested and imprisoned for having allegedly violated the Public Health Orders, which have since been shown to be ineffective and harmful,” said the JCCF.
“This decision sets the record straight about the justifiability of his actions and about the importance of respecting Charter rights and freedoms.”
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A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.
Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.
Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.
Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.
He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.
After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”
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Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!
Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.
This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.
It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.
Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.
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Last year, Alberta churches were told to limit their congregations and conform with mask mandates placed on them by the provincial government.
On June 14, Stephens was tracked down by a police helicopter and arrested and charged a second time by members of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) for allegedly breaking COVID-19 health rules.
The pastor had his church doors shut by police on June 5 but continued conducting services nonetheless, albeit in secret.
A video of his arrest shows Stephens’ children crying while saying “Goodbye, Daddy,” as he is placed inside a police car.
He was released from jail on July 2.
Stephens was arrested at the request of Alberta Health Services (AHS) on a May 13, 2021 order from Alberta Associate Chief Justice Rooke, which allowed anyone who broke COVID rules to be arrested without warrant.
Stephens was the third Alberta pastor jailed for defying COVID rules, which were all but scrapped by March 2022.
Alberta’s new Premier Danielle Smith said she is looking into giving amnesty to pastors and others charged for committing COVID violations, so long as they do not involve criminal charges.