This is absolutely unacceptable and a direct attack on Christians.
Let me catch you up on the events that have been taking place at Grace Life Church in Edmonton, Canada.
Well, first the Pastor of the Church James Coates was arrested and even jailed for preaching the gospel to a full congregation which is apparently against the law now in the COVID era.
He was then released on March 22nd but now Grace Life Church has been totally shut down by the Canadian health authorities and they even placed a fence all around the church to keep people out!
Developing: Authorities have reportedly raided GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, and are erecting fences around the building after the church defied COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
The pastor recently spent 35 days in jail for defying mandates.pic.twitter.com/FLcpvOOfCE
— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) April 7, 2021
I count thirteen vehicles as part of this police raid on a church. They’re erecting steel fences around it. Like China does when they uncover an illegal “house church”. Except this is in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The same church whose pastor was thrown in prison for 35 days. pic.twitter.com/qJlnHHGGdV
— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) April 7, 2021
Global News Canada got the full scoop and shared these details:
RCMP and members of Alberta Health Services were on scene at GraceLife Church west of Edmonton Wednesday morning to “physically close” the facility as temporary fencing was put up around the building.
Police were at the Spruce Grove church before 8 a.m. Crews could be seen putting fencing up around the building’s perimeter, as well as blocking off several parking stalls.
“Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.
For months, the church has been routinely holding services that violate COVID-19 restrictions.
BREAKING: @RCMPAlberta confirms they are “assisting AHS as they affect a closure under Section 62.1 of the Alberta Public Health Act.” Fences and barricades going up this morning around Grace Life church. #ableg CBC pic.twitter.com/hCnRJRCfwP
— Janice Johnston (@cbcjanjohnston) April 7, 2021
The Edmonton Journal got the full scoop too:
Layers of metal fencing were erected around the perimeter of GraceLife Church in Parkland County Wednesday as Alberta Health Services (AHS) shuttered the building after months of defiance of provincial public health orders.
Residents who live in the area said they saw about a dozen RCMP vehicles arrive at the church west of Edmonton in a “convoy” around 6 a.m. RCMP said officers were on site to assist AHS with the closure. A private security company was also on the property.
By 8 a.m., a layer of fencing adorned with black cloth had been placed around the perimeter of the building. By noon, the driveway into the church and the parking lot had also been blocked by a fencing company.
The Edmonton Journal also released a series of pictures showing the fencing around the church.
Please excuse their liberal rhetoric: