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Canadian Pastor Spends Easter In Jail After TEN Officers Arrest Him For Protesting Drag Queen Reading


Ten police officers were seen on video arresting a pastor while he was protesting a drag queen reading for kids in Calgary, Alberta, last week — and Pastor Derek Reimer ended up spending Easter in jail, his latest stint behind bars for standing up such events in Canada.

In February, Reimer was shoved out a door and knocked flat on his back after protesting a library’s drag queen event — at which children were in attendance — and police charged him with a hate crime.

In this latest arrest, police focused upon Reimer in a parking lot Tuesday afternoon while he was protesting near a library hosting a Reading with Royalty event where drag queens and kings read stories to children, the Calgary Herald reported.

 

 

Police were seen carrying a handcuffed Reimer to a police vehicle while Reimer’s supporters compared police to Nazis; at least 10 officers appeared to be participating in the pastor’s arrest.

The paper said defense attorney Ben Allison on Thursday asked the Calgary Court of Justice that Reimer’s case be adjourned to this week while awaiting declaration from prosecutor Matt Dalidowicz.

 

 

Allison told Justice Karen Molle that he won’t be able to address Reimer’s bail until he acquires the prosecution’s information, the paper said, adding that meant Reimer would spend Good Friday and Easter Sunday in jail.

The case will resume Wednesday, the paper said, adding that the prosecution is pursuing a summary conviction, which means charges are being weighed as less serious and it won’t be necessary for Reimer to appear from the Calgary Remand Centre where he was being jailed.

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In Tuesday’s arrest, the paper said police arrested Reimer on an outstanding warrant related to eight new charges he faces involving incidents between March 25 and April 2, including five allegations that he disobeyed previous release conditions, two of which caused a disruption, as well as a single criminal harassment charge.

Police said Reimer caused disturbances March 27 and April 2 outside public libraries where Reading with Royalty events were occurring or scheduled to take place, the paper said, adding that the pastor in each situation used a microphone while “shouting hate speech.”

The criminal harassment charge comes from a March 27 allegation that Reimer went to a library, asked to speak to the manager, and “proceeded to record an interaction where he made several derogatory comments, engaged in hate-speech, as well as harassing comments,” the paper said, adding that Reimer’s speech left the manager and staff “concerned for their safety.”

Reimer was released from custody a second time March 22 under conditions that he stay at least 300 meters from LGBTQ+ events, the paper said, adding that Reimer is listed as a pastor with Mission 7, which focuses on “house church” and street preaching as well as “feeding the poor, preaching and praying,” according to its website.

 

 

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Ella Ford is a mother of two, a Christian conservative writer with degrees in American History, Social and Behavioral Science and Liberal Studies, based in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.

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