‘We Are Not Backing Down’: Court Decision Sparks ‘Worship Protests’ in BC

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Since a B.C. judge ruled in March that health orders to close churches are justified but preventing protests is not, “worship protests” have sprung up across the province, providing a legal loophole for people of faith to assemble. “I attend every protest I possibly can wherever I am, because I believe we are being coerced and verbally abused into surrendering our rights, and it is my dutiful choice as a citizen to defy what I feel to be unjust mandates,” Victoria resident Jeremy MacKenzie said in an interview. “It’s phenomenal,” he said of the experience of attending the protests. “Some extended worship times and a lot of people being blessed in God’s presence and with one another in fellowship.” Former 700 Club host Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson told The Epoch Times that she was “desperate for church this entire year” so she initiated worship protest gatherings in Vancouver. “We’ve been under …

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