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Unrepentant Calgary pastor convicted of COVID restriction violations says he is political prisoner

Artur Pawlowski said at his sentencing hearing

‘You can lock us up and throw the key away, but our political imprisonment will shout even louder about the hypocrisy,’ Artur Pawlowski said at his sentencing hearing

Author of the article:The Canadian PressThe Canadian Press

Bill Graveland

Publishing date:Sep 14, 2021  

Artur Pawlowski, along with supporters, confronts police at his Calgary church, May 8, 2021. Pawlowski was leading a rally against COVID-19 restrictions.
Artur Pawlowski, along with supporters, confronts police at his Calgary church, May 8, 2021. Pawlowski was leading a rally against COVID-19 restrictions. PHOTO BY DARREN MAKOWICHUK/POSTMEDIA

GRAVELAND — An Alberta pastor who, along with his brother, was found guilty of contempt after deliberately violating COVID-19 health orders has told a judge that he is a political prisoner who is being persecuted by Alberta Health Services.

Artur Pawlowski said during a seven-minute statement at his sentencing hearing on Tuesday that he and his brother, Dawid, have done nothing wrong.

“I am here before this court as a political prisoner of conscience,” he said before Justice Adam Germain. “The AHS and the politicians have found a new way of penalizing anyone that is opposing their unconstitutional medical tyranny. They hate the idea that they have been exposed for what they really are: liars, hypocrites and cheaters,” he said.

“I have heard from my grandparents about similar tactics from the time of the Nazis, persecuting churches and the clergy. Canada has fallen. Sure you can lock us up and throw the key away, but our political imprisonment will shout even louder about the hypocrisy.”

The Pawlowskis, both from Calgary, were arrested in May and accused of organizing an illegal gathering as well as of promoting and attending an illegal gathering. They had been holding church services that flouted rules on masking and physical distancing.

The arrests came after court orders were granted allowing Alberta Health Services and police to charge anyone who advertised gatherings that would breach health restrictions.

At the sentencing hearing Monday, the health provider asked that the pastor be jailed for 21 days and that his brother be sentenced to 10 days. The court is also being asked to fine Artur Pawlowski $2,000 and impose $15,000 in costs.

Sarah Miller, who is representing the Pawlowskis, said there is no need to incarcerate her clients.

“This a civil proceeding that is designed to compel compliance with the court orders and that is exactly what has occurred. As far as general deterrence, they have been deterred. They have spent their time in jail,” she said.

“A fine is more than reasonable to sanction either of the Pawlowskis in this case. There is no need to put them into incarceration.”

Germain said he will release his decision Oct. 13.

Hundreds of vaccinated students test positive for COVID-19 at Duke University

Arwen~ How do they spin these numbers and still insist on vaccine mandates and passports? 🙂 Critical thinking skills anyone to see the agenda at hand? C’mon folks, think!

“Although Duke boasts the highest vaccination rate among major North Carolina universities and is requiring all students and staff to receive their shot by October 1, last week 349 students and 15 employees tested positive for the virus. All but eight were fully vaccinated. “

James Langley 2 September 2021

After hundreds of vaccinated students and staff tested positive for COVID-19 at Duke University, the university administration is implementing stricter measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Duke Chapel (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Although Duke boasts the highest vaccination rate among major North Carolina universities and is requiring all students and staff to receive their shot by October 1, last week 349 students and 15 employees tested positive for the virus. All but eight were fully vaccinated. These cases have arisen in the context of vaccination rates for students standing at 98 percent, and 92 percent for faculty. Students are also tested weekly and those who are unvaccinated are required to take a test twice a week.

In an attempt to control the growing outbreak, the administration is placing new limits on student activities. In addition to the previous mandate requiring masks in classrooms and indoor settings, all students must now wear masks outdoors, while at the gym and generally around other students. All indoor seating for dining has been moved outside, with more than 25 tents set up across campus for meals. Faculty have also been given the temporary option of shifting classes online for the next two weeks due to many students missing class because of quarantine.

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, Duke administrators announced the new guidelines in an email saying “this surge is placing significant stress on the people, systems and facilities that are dedicated to protecting our health, safety and the ability of Duke to fulfill its educational mission, particularly our isolation space for on-campus students who test positive.”

One year ago, while classes were fully remote, only 241 students and staff tested positive for coronavirus during the entire fall semester, in contrast to the 349 positive cases just this past week. Such a substantial increase in transmission is occurring under conditions where universities and schools are attempting to reopen under normal conditions, all while the Delta variant continues to spread throughout the population, causing more and more breakthrough cases and filling up ICU units across the state.

In fact, more than 3,700 people are currently hospitalized across North Carolina. At Duke University Hospital and Duke Health Raleigh, the ICUs are currently at capacity. At Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, two ICU beds are available. In the larger Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle region, there are a cumulative 12 remaining ICU beds available to treat critically ill patients.

Over the month of August, 788 North Carolinians died from COVID-19, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic since February, even though vaccines have become widely available. The state also reported over 7,200 new cases on Wednesday, with a 13.8 percent positivity rate. Of the cases that have been sequenced, 97 percent are Delta, according to the latest report from the CDC.

Other universities across the state have also begun to reopen for full in-person instruction during August, though most are not requiring students or staff to be vaccinated. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, from August 23 to August 30, 158 students and 16 employees tested positive. At UNC Chapel Hill, 230 students tested positive in the last week, and 468 were reported in the last month.

At Appalachian State University, where only 51 percent of students and 88 percent of staff are vaccinated, 216 positive tests have been reported. Though university testing is limited and these figures may not represent the full extent of the spread, the positivity rate has surged to 10.5 percent this past week, the highest it has been since the beginning of the pandemic.

In response to this, more than 200 faculty have petitioned to move all possible courses online until vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 transmission rates decrease.

Across the nation, students and faculty are facing similar conditions, with University of Michigan faculty circulating a similar petition that has received over 700 signatures from graduate students, lecturers and staff.

Larry Elder and the new racism

‘Anti-racists’ have given racist abuse a woke makeover

.XIN DU 15th September 2021

Larry Elder and the new racism


Californians have been casting their votes in the state’s gubernatorial recall election. The incumbent Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has been wrestling with yet another attempt to depose him.

It is not surprising that Newsom has come under so much pressure. The results of his policies are as plain as day. California’s astronomical house priceshigh cost of livinghigh taxes and high crime rates have forced people and businesses to flee the state in droves.

Perhaps even more importantly, Newsom’s blatant hypocrisy during the pandemic has angered Californians of all political stripes. In November 2020, while California was under Newsom’s strict lockdown rules, Newsom, with 11 friends and lobbyists, dined at French Laundry, one of the most exclusive restaurants in the country. Newsom and Co reportedly racked up a wine bill of $12,000. Photographs show no one was wearing a mask or socially distancing at the table.

Newsom’s leading challenger for the governorship is Larry Elder. Elder was a lawyer who became a successful, nationally syndicated radio host. He is charismatic and sharp. He also happens to be black. You might think that California, one of the ‘wokest’ states in the US, would jump at the chance to welcome its first-ever black governor. Alas not. Elder has been consistently attacked by the liberal media as a race traitor. He has even been accused of holding ‘white supremacist’ views. What this really means is that he believes in the importance of personal responsibility and hard work.

Elder’s treatment is an important reminder that woke types are only on the side of minorities when those minorities toe the woke line. Any minority individual who dares to think for himself, like Elder, forfeits his minority card. He can then be subjected to the most vile racial slurs without anyone batting an eyelid.

Other examples of this phenomenon include writer Crystal Wright, who has described being called a ‘coon’ due to her conservative views. Republican senator Tim Scott has spoken about finding racist voicemails on his phone. A white Democrat official from Texas even called Scott an ‘Oreo’. Online conservative commentators like Candace Owens are often smeared with vile racist abuse, including by prominent celebrities. The same epithets of racist condescension have been used for decades against the likes of Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell, Walter E Williams and Shelby Steele.

Black conservatives are an inconvenience to the woke worldview. And while sometimes their arguments are met with abuse, more often they are simply ignored. For instance, in 2020 Elder produced a documentary film called Uncle Tom about the racism directed at black conservatives. It topped IMDB’s rankings for documentary downloads, but it received virtually no coverage from the liberal press. To this day, it has a 96 per cent positive audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it has no critic score because it has received so few press reviews.

Even the most blatantly racist incidents against black conservatives get brushed under the carpet. Last week, a white woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at Elder and punched a member of his security detail. Despite the obvious racial connotations, the reaction from the liberal press was muted. It might have been a front-page story had Elder been a Democrat and his assailant a Republican.

The vicious treatment of Elder and other black conservatives shows us that the contemporary left thinks it owns minorities. It thinks they should be kept domesticated, used only as tools for attacking the right. These ‘anti-racists’ are rehabilitating some pretty vile racism.

Xin Du is a writer based in Australia.

Arwen~ This article is representative of the divisive media which is tearing society apart. “Jonathan Kay: Anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories aren’t just killing people. They’re tearing society apart”

Arwen~ The irony is lost on Kay who writes as a conspiracy theorist, labeling all people who decline a “jab” as anti-vaxxers conspiracy theorists. The hit piece is full of labeling, attacking, judging and fear mongering. This kind of opinion piece not based on fact but his own bias is representative of the divisive media, which is responsible for “tearing society apart”, which I choose to turn off, and do my own research.

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