(Worthy News) – A pastor in Manitoba, Canada spent an additional night in prison last week after rejecting bail conditions that would have prevented him from preaching at his church, Fox News reports. Pastor Tobias Tissen who leads Manitoba’s Church of God Restoration was imprisoned for two days after violating a COVID-19 order which banned outdoor gatherings of more than five people.
Like a number of other pastors and churches in Canada, Tissen and Church of God Restoration (CGR) have refused to comply with public health COVID-19 orders they consider draconian and a violation of their right to religious freedom. In November 2020, Royal Canadian Mounted Police also prevented CGR congregants from attending a drive-in service. Tissen and his church have been fined “tens of thousands” of dollars for violating restrictions, Fox News reports.