On Monday, March 22, Pastor James Coates was finally released from the Edmonton Remand Centre after spending 34 days behind bars for the ‘crime’ of preaching a Sunday sermon.
Pastor Coates pleaded guilty to ‘breaching a court undertaking to follow public health regulations’ and stop preaching at GraceLife Church on Sundays – an undertaking Pastor Coates never agreed to.
Stony Plain Provincial Judge Jeffrey Champion refused to accept the joint submission by Crown and defence attorneys for a $100 fine, saying it was not a ‘fit sentence‘ for Pastor Coates’ so-called ‘blatant violation‘ of Alberta’s public health orders.
“Your decision could have been of danger to the health and safety of those in the community,” said Judge Jeffrey Champion, before sentencing the pastor to a $1,500 fine.
Despite being another High Priest of COVID, Judge Champion had the decency to credit Pastor Coates for his 34 days of incarceration which is considered ‘payment’ for the fine.
“I am not a political revolutionary,” said Pastor Coates after his release.
“I am simply here in obedience with Jesus Christ, it is this obedience that put me at odds with the law.”
The next big question will come this Sunday, when Pastor James Coates will stand in the pulpit of GraceLife Church and preach.
Will the authorities arrest him again, even though there are no conditions attached to his release from the Edmonton Remand Centre?
Or will RCMP constables once again play the Jackbooted Thug game and haul Pastor Coates out of the church in handcuffs?
I still fail to comprehend why public health officials are treated as infallible demi-gods.
These public health orders orders make no sense.
These public health orders are self-contradictory on practically every line.
These public health orders are not based on science but on some bizarre need to control our every waking moment.
We know so much more about COVID than we did when these ‘temporary lockdowns’ began one year ago.
So the questions for me and millions of other Canadians are simple:
- Why are healthy adults being treated like 3-year-old children by public health officers and our government?
- Why are we locking down healthy people?
- When will common sense return to Canada?
If the decision in Beaudoin v. British Columbia, 2021 BCSC 512 is any indication, common sense is still a long way off.
 Mr. Beaudoin has persuaded me that his s. 2(c) and (d) Charter rights were infringed by the G&E Orders that predated February 10, 2021, and that the infringement of those rights by those orders cannot be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
 The religious petitioners have not satisfied me that they are entitled to challenge the G&E Orders on their judicial review under s. 2 of the JRPA. Even if they could do so, the infringement of their s. 2 Charter rights by the impugned G&E Orders is justified under s. 1 of the Charter. This part of their petition is thus dismissed.
I’ve long maintained that our Charter of Rights and Freedoms isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. BC Chief Justice Hinkson simply confirmed that opinion with his decision in the Beaudoin case.
Canadians have only the religious freedoms that government PERMITS.
In other words, we have no religious freedoms at all.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Then join me in the vomitorium.
I promise I brought enough paper towels and mouthwash for us all.