This week, the Ohio House of Representatives approved a resolution asking the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to add Canada to its watch list of countries where religious liberties are threatened.
State Rep. Tim Ginter presented the legislation, saying Canadian lawmakers mishandled COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and targeted churches, Faithwire reports. In one case, Alberta officers arrested and jailed James Coates, the pastor of GraceLife Church in Edmonton. He was jailed for more than 30 days for holding in-person worship services in violation of government lockdown restrictions.
“This resolution is not the result of a singular incident or even a handful of incidents,” Ginter said in a statement, according to WKSU-TV. “It’s a persistent pattern of religious rights violations that has driven us to this point,” he added.
“While Ohio has stood up for religious freedom and protected the right to attend religious services, it is clear Canada has not done the same,” Stoltzfus said, describing the nation’s mandates as “very similar to what we see in Communist-controlled China.”