Pastor Phil Hutchings of His Tabernacle Church in St. John, New Brunswick spent over 7 days in jail for the crime of allowing his congregation to gather freely in the face of COVID places of worship.
The church itself was repeatedly surveilled by local police and health authorities, with services interrupted when officials barged in to check for COVID compliance. The restrictions at the time in New Brunswick forbade singing in church, required mask-wearing and forced congregants to social distance and respect capacity limits.
Hutchings's family was even harassed by the police at his home. But it didn't stop there.
Hutchings was summoned to court where he was held in contempt of a court order requiring him to abide by public health restrictions. He spent 7 days in jail in isolation.
Hutchings is out now but his freedom is still at risk and the courts in New Brunswick want to lock him up again for honouring God before the government.
If you want to stop the government persecution of Pastor Phil, then please sign this petition.