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Pastor James Coates has been imprisoned for the simple act of holding worship services, and refusing to tell his congregation that they can't gather. He has refused to bow to the Alberta wide AHS health restrictions (lockdowns) that the government has imposed upon places of worship, believing them to be unconstitutional, in violation of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and most importantly; in direct opposition to the will of the one true God. (The Bible commands us to gather, worship, fellowship together, and serve one another, among other things.) Pastor James and his congregation (Grace Life Church) have been following their religious convictions to gather as normal, but on tuesday, Febuary 16th 2021, Pastor James was arrested and held in RCMP custody. The next morning, February 17th, James was brought before a Justice of The Peace, and told he could be granted bail on the condition that he stop preaching to his full congregation, denying them their right to assembly, which of course James could not comply to, given his religious calling/convictions to follow Christ without compromise. Upon his refusal, they did not release him. They lied to his wife and told her he was no longer in the building, but shortly after his bail hearing, witnesses saw him being snuck out the back of the building, with both his wrists and ankles shackled. They did not, and have not allowed his wife, children, or anyone else to see or visit him, and he is now being held in the Edmonton Remand Centre. He is awaiting a trial, which could be weeks away. The Justice Centre is attempting an appeal of his imprisonment. He is a peaceful man, who chose to follow Christ, no matter the personal cost. This is an unprecedented example of religious persecution in Canada, and a gross violation of all Canadians rights, freedoms, and liberties. Whether or not you are a Christian, now is the time to stand for our rights and freedoms before they are gone. It's time to tell the government that Canada is NOT a communist nation, and that her people will not stand for such a gross violation of human and civil rights. Sign this petition. Tell the government and the authorities to: RELEASE PASTOR JAMES COATES FROM PRISON FREEDOM FOR JAMES COATES Please pray for James and his family.