Pawlowski has refused to discontinue services or aid to local homeless throughout the entire duration of these COVID19 lockdowns, and has accumulated nearly 30 tickets for these violations.
Pawlowski believes the local police will continue to try to make an example of him due to his activism that spans over the last decade. This was made clear to him when the police returned to his church for a second time. This time they brought 10 officers and were accompanied by a SWAT team.
Canadian police have interrupted church service twice in violation of Canadian criminal code Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) in order to perform checks to insure the church is following Covid Social distancing protocols. Pawlowski has made it clear to these officers on both occasions that he will not permit the invasion on God’s House during a holy service, regardless of a court order.
Having expressed he has no issue with them coming into his church, Pawlowski explains that as long as there is no interruption of worship they are welcome to come perform whatever checks they require to allow him to remain open.
As a well known figure to the Canadian government, Pawlowski became known as the first preacher to be arrested for reading the Bible in a public space to the local homeless in 2006. For the last 16 years Pawlowski has been sounding alarms that the same tyranny he escaped Poland to flee this same kind of governmental tyranny. Often written off as a conspiracy theorist, Pawlowski now says “the people who use to laugh and call me names are not laughing anymore. The threat is real to them now.”
“People realize it’s not funny after a year of being treated like like a slave suddenly people are realizing that that I was right, and now so my message is clear, we got a rise up in a peaceful non-compliance. If the government tells you to wear a mask, you don’t, if they tell you social distance, you don’t when they tell me you don’t go somewhere, you go to the very planes they were telling you, not to go, but go in large numbers.”
Pawlowski anticipates the police will be back with more force next time.