Alberta Court Rejects Rev. James Coates Charter Application

A court in Alberta dismissed Rev. Edmonton’s allegation that the Freedom of Religion Charter was violated when Rev. Edmonton refused to comply with the rules of COVID-19.

Rev. James Coates of the Grace Life Church relieves individuals of infringement of Charter rights on a ticket received on December 20, 2020 for a church worship that the Alberta government stated had violated COVID. I submitted a charter application, which is a pretrial motion to be made when requesting. -19 Limit.

Judge Robert Scheigek of the Alberta Court ruled on Monday that the “enforcement” of the law was not a violation of Coates’ religious freedom.

Following the ruling, the Judiciary Center for Constitutional Freedom, a non-profit legal organization representing Coates, statement “I was disappointed.”

“Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedom uses compelling evidence that the government violates basic freedoms of movement, travel, association, worship, assembly and self-expression with laws, policies, or health orders. We are clearly demanding justification, “said President John Carpey of the Justice Center.

“This very basic constitutional requirement has been completely ignored by governments of all levels for the past 14 months. Unfortunately, courts delay government accountability for violations of the Constitution. Allowed, “he said.

Shaigec said in a ruling that “religious freedom is subject to such restrictions in order to protect the health and security of the public,” and the rights of the Coates charter were “reasonably threatened more than insubstantial ways.” It ruled that it should be done “only after weighing the competing interests.” According to the Justice Center.

“It is clear that government restrictions on people’s freedom of worship, assembly and association are being violated by health orders that prevent regular church worship,” Carpay said.

“The judge thought the restrictions were reasonable, but this is not a proper legal test at this stage. Whether the restrictions are valid is ultimately justified by the government. It should only be considered after creating the medical and scientific evidence to be transformed, “he added.

Coates was charged with violating public health law for continuing church worship months after the blockade restrictions were enforced. Coates spent 35 days in prison before being released on March 22 because he refused to sign an agreement to suspend church worship of his followers.

Edmonton’s state court has postponed part of Coates’ trial, including his challenge to a public health order issued by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Dina Hinshaw. He said it was because he was not yet ready to present medical or scientific evidence. In support of public health orders.

Shaigec said Coates was put in jail for more than a month because his bail conditions were required to violate his religious beliefs, but his right to freedom was not violated. According to the Justice Center, Scheigek also referred to Hinshaw’s public health order, stating that Coates may have been released on “a single condition of compliance with the law.”

The Justice Center said the court was likely to hear Coates’s charter objection to the constitutionality of Alberta’s blockade in the fall, but the exact date remains unknown.

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