WASHINGTON, D.C. — August 21, 2023 — Pastor Artur Pawlowski, one of Canada’s most outspoken and bold advocates for freedom of expression and religious liberty, faces a possible 10-year prison sentence. The verdict is scheduled for September 18, 2023. This pivotal case threatens fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
A Dangerous Precedent
The case has the potential to undermine core values that have long shaped Canadian society. If unopposed, the forthcoming verdict could set a disturbing precedent, putting politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens at risk of criminal prosecution for challenging the ruling authorities or exposing corruption. The freedoms of expression and religion, safeguarded by the Canadian Charter, hang in the balance.
High Stakes for All
Nathaniel Pawlowski, Artur's son, recently addressed the European Parliament, emphasizing that the case is about more than just his father: "This concerns all Canadians." Nathaniel will further elaborate on this point at an upcoming Freedom Rally, where he and his mother, Marzena Pawlowski, will also speak.
A Rally for Fundamental Freedoms
To counter this alarming trend and defend these essential liberties, The Mordecai Mission, in partnership with various advocacy organizations, is organizing a Freedom Rally outside the Canadian Embassy. Artur Pawlowski's wife, Marzena, and son, Nathaniel, will be featured speakers, underscoring the urgent need for collective action.
In the words of both Saint Augustine and Eleanor Roosevelt, hope and the quest for human rights necessitate a combination of anger at the existing conditions and the courage to confront them. As Roosevelt stressed in her essay, "The Struggle for the Rights of Man," it falls upon us to preserve the human rights established by those who came before us. If we wish to protect our freedoms of expression and religion, now is the time to act.
Date: August 28, 2023
Time: 11 AM
Venue: Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington D.C.
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