Arsonists reportedly tried to burn down Alberta, Canada, Pastor Artur Pawlowski's garage earlier this week, the embattled preacher said.
Pawlowski made headlines in April after kicking out mask-enforcing inspectors and police from his church, calling them "Gestapo Nazi communist fascists."
Earlier in May, police arrested both Pawlowski and his brother for holding a church service despite the country's COVID-related ban on such services. Alberta currently has a 15-person cap on religious gatherings across the province due to the coronavirus pandemic.
What are the details?
Pawlowski spoke with Rebel News for an interview published on Monday, where he detailed a suspicious fire that broke out on his property just a week after his viral arrest.
Pawlowski recalled the moment when he and his wife went outside during the middle of the night on Saturday following noise and commotion. They discovered the ultimate shock: Firefighters were on the scene at their home extinguishing a fire that had broken out in their garage.
The fire, the pastor said, was reportedly started with cardboard stuffed inside a blue bin that was shoved up against the garage's wooden door.
"Someone set our property on fire, someone wants us dead," he told the outlet. "And I'm thinking, 'Why?' I'm feeding the poor, I'm feeding Muslims, I'm feeding homosexuals. I'm feeding whites, and Asians, and blacks. I'm feeding people and I'm not hurting anyone and they want me dead and they want my children dead."
He added that it was inconceivable that in today's world, people could want each other dead over their differences.
"This is shocking," the outspoken pastor admitted. "I would never imagine that we would be living in a country that the differences — you know, our rights to be different, our rights to be able to express ourselves in a different way than others — would be punishable by death by some of those people."
'All in the name of tolerance?'
Pawlowski also added that he believes he is the target of a hate crime.
"I don't know what can be done," he said. "If someone wants to hurt you, I guess they've got all kinds of ways. If they want to hurt you, they can hurt you."
Pawlowski added, "You don't have to like me, but my God, you want me dead? And my children? Why? All in the name of tolerance?"
The outlet reported that Calgary police have yet to announce any suspects in the mysterious fire.
'Freedom to worship God'
Rebel News reported that Pawlowski will be the beneficiary of a legal action fund called "Save Artur."
"Lockdown lovers, public health officials, mainstream media, and even neighbors have cast stones (and sometimes dog feces and nails) at Pastor Artur's decision to defy the government's encroachment onto our most basic civil liberty: the freedom to worship God," the outlet reported.
The outlet noted, "Our crowdfunding efforts have provided Pastor Artur with top-notch lawyers since his first lockdown ticket last year to his arrest and bail last week."
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