Judge Robert Robert Shaigec of the Alberta Provincial Court ruled that Pastor James Coates’ charter rights were NOT violated when he was arrested and jailed for 35 days for the crime of breaching Covid health orders, handing the defiant preacher a resounding loss.
Pastor Coates was charged with one count of violating Alberta’s Public Health Act, the result of refusing to stop in-person services at Gracelife church despite a court order lodged against him.
The judge further ruled that his Charter rights were not violated when the government forbade and restricted worship and singing in church, nor were his rights violated after he spent 35 days in prison, saying “it was Mr. Coates choice to make.”
In short, he dismissed Coates’ Charter application completely, noting:
“The argument that James Coates was forced to either forsake his conscience or secure his liberty has been answere. Religious freedoms are subject to the rule of law.”
This is a developing story…
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