After protestors attempted to rip down the three-layered fence surrounding GraceLife church in Alberta, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded with force while wearing riot gear.
GraceLife church has been defying Alberta’s lockdowns on places of worship for months — and started trending online after their senior pastor, James Coates, was arrested and put in jail for over a month for not following health protocols.
Rebel News “Commander” Ezra Levant posted a video to Twitter on Sunday. “After the Christians tore down the fence that the government had built around the Edmonton church, the police sent in 200 heavily-armed riot police,” Levant said. “This is China stuff, Iran stuff. But it’s happening in Canada.”
The Canadian reporter went on in another post to say “Hey America. I know you’re really busy now and I hate to ask for a favour (that’s how we spell it). You guys are so good at standing up for religious freedom in China. Could you please say a word about this?”
Levant also tagged the Twitter handles of prominent the conservative figures Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Fox News host Tucker Carlson of the show Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Regardless of the government shutdown, GraceLife church is illustrating that a church isn’t defined by its building. Rebel News journalist Sheila Gunn Reid reported that Pastor Coates is boldly not intimidated by the excessive force of the provincial government. “What I can tell you is that most of the congregation was with Pastor Coates today, who was holding services at an undisclosed location off-site to avoid any trouble,” Reid said.