Pastor James Coates' bail review has just been denied in an Alberta courtroom.
The pastor will now remain behind bars awaiting his May trial.
According to a release from the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms,
...Justice Peter Michalyshyn of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton has ruled that Pastor James Coates of Grace Life Church must remain in jail for the next eight weeks pending his trial, unless he agrees to abide by health orders that violates his Charter freedoms of conscience, religion, expression, association and peaceful assembly.
This is a dark day for religious freedom, Charter rights and Albertan Premier Jason Kenney (who once fought for religious rights).
Today was the second portion of the bail review hearing, and this was the result: Pastor James Coates is stuck behind bars, likely until he has his trial until in May. For a crime that is not going to result in jail time, even if he is convicted.
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