A Canadian pastor has been arrested for the second time in weeks after protesting children’s drag queen stories in public libraries.
Pastor Derek Reimer, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged with violating a release order that barred him from being within 200 yards of events involving the LGBTQ community, a spokesman for the Calgary Police Service told Fox News Digital .
Reimer was previously arrested on March 2 following a February 25 incident in which three men physically threw him out of the Seton Library for protesting a royalty-reading event hosted by the Calgary Public Library and where local drag performers read to children.
Reimer was charged with one count of causing disturbance and one count of mischief, and also faces six counts of harassment under the city’s bylaws on public conduct. Each charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and up to six months in prison if payment is not made. according to Livewire Calgary.
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Footage of Reimer’s recent arrest in a parking lot outside Calgary’s Signal Hill Library shows police tying him up and dragging him across the pavement before towing him away in a police vehicle. Bystanders protested his treatment and asked if he had come within 200 meters of the event. He remains in jail awaiting court appearance on Friday.
Calgary City Council on Tuesday revised a bylaw and introduced a new one in response to mounting protests at drag events. according to the CBC.
Changes included the addition of the term “intimidation” to the current Public Conduct Ordinance, and the new Safe and Inclusive Access Ordinance bans protests within 100 meters of a leisure facility or the entrance of a library. Some councilors reportedly expressed concerns about the speed with which the new bylaws were passed.
Earlier this week, after a silent prayer session at the parish hall, Reimer was also issued a 30-day trespassing notice in protest of the new bylaws.
“Mr. Reimer was warned on a previous occasion that he could not hold a religious function at the parish building unless he had a permit,” a city spokesman told CBC.
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Pastor Artur Pawlowski, who knows Reimer and made international headlines himself when he was repeatedly arrested for keeping his Calgary church open during the pandemic, told Fox News Digital that Reimer’s arrests stemmed from the government’s “open hatred of the… Christianity” indicate.
“Everyone who is visible, everyone in Canada who is boldly proclaiming Christianity has become an open target,” he said.
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“Calgary was a little immune to the drag queen perversion — because that’s it: it’s a sick, twisted perversion, and you can quote me on that,” he said. “A grown man who dresses as a woman in a sexual manner and has an urge to do so in front of small children is a pervert, end of story.”
Since drag events involving children have proliferated in Calgary, Pawlowski said Reimer has “decided that he feels God is calling him to expose this, to stand up against it.” He noted that Reimer communicated with him from prison and that he calls on Christians to rise up and speak out against what he called perversion while they still can.
“I’ve been warning Canadians for a very long time — and I’m warning Americans as well — that you will be governed by what you tolerate,” Pawlowski said, noting how authorities are now used to enforcing COVID-19 protocols in Canada to enforce ideologies.
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“If you tolerate corruption, you will be ruled by corruption. If you tolerate perversion, eventually perversion will rule you,” he added.
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