Ohio Lawmakers Urge US to Put Canada on Religious Freedom ‘Watch List’ for Jailing Pastors – 1 Pastor Still in Prison

State legislators in the Ohio House of Representatives introduced a resolution this week calling out Canada for its religious persecution of pastors during the pandemic. 

“We, the members of the House of Representatives of the 134th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, have taken note of the abuses of religious liberty that have gone on throughout the Provinces of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the resolution reads.

As CBN News and CBN’s Faithwire have reported since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadian authorities have targeted churches throughout the country, arresting and jailing pastors, levying large fines against congregations, and shuttering houses of worship.

Canada Rounded Up Multiple Pastors for Prison

As CBN News reported in October, Pastor Tobias Tissen of Steinbach, Manitoba, was arrested for reportedly violating COVID-19 health orders. He spent an extra night in jail after police said he wouldn’t be released unless he agreed to stop preaching in church.