Dr. Bonnie Henry refuses to shut down ski resorts after 547 COVID cases are linked directly to Whistler Mountain in January alone, yet refuses to rescind her order banning religious worship services despite her inability to link a single COVID case to a worship service anywhere in British Columbia since November.
“What I’m telling people is it’s okay to go outside to go skiing,” BC’s High Priestess of COVID said.
“It’s the ‘befores and the afters,’ the parties, and the getting together, and the social gathering — those have never been acceptable. That is where we’re seeing transmission happening in several communities.”
Dr. Bonnie Henry is the worst kind of hypocrite.
She refuses to shut down ski resorts despite her own admission they are hazardous to the health of British Columbians.
Does she actually believe the contradictory nonsense she spews forth into television cameras every day?
Health Minister Adrian Dix is no better. He says WorkSafeBC inspections are increased at businesses where exposures have been recorded — Whistler, Fernie and Big White near Kelowna — yet has no problem with those facilities remaining open.
Bonnie Henry is doubling down on her stupidity because her ego and her pride won’t allow her to admit she made a mistake.
Like all petty tyrants, Bonnie Henry can’t admit she was wrong, even to herself. She’s extended her asinine ban on religious worship services indefinitely.
Bonnie Henry sent provincial government lawyers into BC Supreme Court on Friday in her attempt to obtain an injunction against faith leaders who refuse to shut down their weekly religious worship services.
Bonnie Henry wants to arrest pastors and other faith leaders during a worship service, handcuff them and drag them away to jail. But that’s not all.
According to the court documents, the province is seeking an order that would prevent elders and members from gathering to worship in their churches and from organizing celebrations, ceremonies, baptisms, funerals or any other “event” as defined by Henry’s orders.
The order would also authorize police to detain anyone they have grounds to believe is planning to attend a religious service organized by any of the three churches.
Did you catch that?
Bonnie Henry wants to become BC’s “Religious Thought Police.”
Lawyer Paul Jaffe says the ban on worship services is “vindictive” – an assessment I completely agree with. Whistler has, as I said at the opening of this commentary, 547 confirmed cases of COVID linked directly to them, and Dr. Bonnie Henry’s response is “Go skiing!”
What I found even more absurd was government lawyer Gareth Morley’s rationale for this injunction.
The injunction is needed, Morley argued, because the churches have continued meeting despite receiving tickets from the police on several occasions.
“Right now they do not have the authority to do anything other than issue a ticket,” Morley said. It’s not within Henry’s power to order arrests under her own health orders, he noted.
Mr. Morley doesn’t want the injunction because churches are spreading COVID, but because churches refused to obey Bonnie Henry’s unconstitutional health order.
Morley claims there were COVID transmissions under the restrictions in place prior to the November order we’re still faced with. While that may be true, there were then, and continue to be now, COVID transmissions from a whole host of businesses, facilities and activities the High Priestess encourages.
All rational people want area consistent set of rules across all sectors, not inconsistent and nonsensical orders that shut down a sector of society – one Bonnie Henry apparently hates – while leaving every other sector wide open to transmit COVID.
At its core, this inconsistency offends our sense of fairness, our sense of justice, and the very legal principles this country was founded upon. Those fundamental principles are spelled out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – a document I argue nobody in the BC government has ever bothered to comprehend.
The Reality of Worship Services and COVID Safety
The churches challenging the injunction use the COVID guidelines that were in place prior to the November order to shut them down. These include physical distancing, masking, hand sanitizer and contact tracing.
You can’t say that for Superstore, Walmart, Costco, or any other big box retailer.
So why are churches being held to a higher standard than any other segment of society?
That’s a question only the High Priestess of COVID can answer and, so far, she won’t touch it with a ten-foot COVID swab.
Chief Justice’s Strange Comment
“I am not going to give judgment today,” Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson said just before he adjourned yesterday’s hearing. He will render his decision on Wednesday, February 17th.
“I am not condoning any breaches of any orders,” he added.
While he does not condone breaching Bonnie Henry’s absurd public health orders, the implication is that Chief Justice Hinkson does condone those same public health orders breaching the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Canada’s highest law in the land.
I hope and pray this is not the case, but we’ll all find out on Wednesday.
The Unanswered Question
The question facing British Columbia’s faith communities is this:
Why does your Chief Medical Officer hate you so much?
My Request To All Church Attendees This Sunday
Know your rights.
It is legal to record police performing their duties in Canada.
Police cannot order you to stop filming them.
Make sure you have a device capable of recording video with you at your chosen place of worship on Sunday morning.
Should police break in while the service is ongoing (a crime under Canadian law) do not interfere with police but RECORD EVERYTHING.
The world needs to see the egregious attacks on religious freedom in Canada in 2021.
Only you can provide that witness.
- Record Everything.
- Post it online.
If you’re unwilling to post the video yourself, send it to me. I’ll post it on my social media accounts to maintain your anonymity.