Artur Pawlowski, the Canadian pastor who went viral for calling mask-enforcing officials Nazis as he kicked them out of his church during a Passover service, says that their actions brought back memories of communism under the Soviet Union.
In an interview on Fox News Primetime on Tuesday, Pawloski, who grew up in Poland, explained how he grew up during the “communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain” under the Soviet Regime.
“I grew up under communist dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain, under the brute of the Soviets, and I’m telling you that’s no fun at all. It was a disaster,” he told host Mark Steyn. “Police officers could break into your house, five in the morning, they could beat you up, torture you, they could arrest you for no matter what reason,” he continued.
“It was like a … flashback when those police officers showed up at my church. Everything kind of came back to life from my childhood,” he added. “And the only thing I could do is to fend off the wolves as a shepherd, and I used my voice to get rid of them. They were illegally encroaching on our rights during the most holy days during the Passover celebration.”
Despite feeling “a little bit shaken” during the confrontation with law enforcement, Pawloski contended that he did “what every shepherd, right now, on the planet Earth, should be doing: Fend off the wolves.”
“We as lions should never bow before the hyenas, and that’s what they are right now,” he asserted.
Pawloski then recalled how difficult it was growing up under a communist dictatorship. “I mean, that’s a disaster, that’s hell on Earth, and I see it already in our western democracies,” he said.
“The only way I know how to fight them is 1981 — that I witnessed millions of Poles taking to the streets and saying to them ‘No more. Get out of our country. Get out, stop.’”
According to Columbia University’s History News Network, in 1981, Poles by the millions took to the streets in a movement called Solidarity to fight for their freedom from the Soviet Union. Communism in Poland ultimately ended in 1989.
Pawloski went on to suggest that a similar movement in western democracies should take place so that politicians would surrender the emergency powers that they have enjoyed during the pandemic.
He also urged Canadian residents, the U.S., and other western democracies to “get them out of your properties, out of your businesses, out of your churches.” He went on to tell viewers to “open the churches.”
“Clergymen should unite and start pushing this darkness away. We should come and take to the streets and say, ‘No more lockdowns, no more restrictions. We will not put up with this anymore. We are fighting back,” he concluded.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.