The Ohio House passed a resolution (House Resolution 194) Wednesday night that urges the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) “to consider adding Canada to the Special Watch List of countries where the government engages in violations of religious freedom.”
“This resolution is not the result of a singular incident or even a handful of incidents. Instead, it’s a persistent pattern of religious rights violations has driven us to this point,” stated Republican Rep. Tim Ginter.
One of the many reasons Rep. Ginter said he supported the resolution was how Canada handled lockdowns of churches and the actions it took against religious leaders during the pandemic.
The bill cites the “abuses of religious liberty that have gone on throughout the Provinces of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Among the abuses cited include the arrests of pastors James Coates, Artur Pawlowski, and Tobias Tissen. Pawlowski was arrested five times over the last two years while protesting Covid mandates.
“All of the Canadian provinces have at times prohibited religious gatherings outright or have limited the size of religious gatherings, and many provinces still have severe size limitations on religious gatherings either held indoors or outdoors, punishable by harassment, fines, and jail time of faith leaders, thus limiting the parishioners’ or members’ ability to attend the assembly of their choice, and generally limiting religious liberty,” the bill continues.
Watch the following Rebel Media news report from March 24, 2022: