An Edmonton man claims he was held in solitary confinement in a maximum security prison in Ottawa for six weeks and was denied access to his lawyer, medication and basic hygiene.
John Calvin - who uses a pseudonym because he fears for his life - says deportation to the West Bank in Palestine would mean he would be killed for converting to Christianity and for being gay. Hamas, of which is family are members, has threatened the former Muslim with death if he returns. Calvin returned to Edmonton Wednesday evening, a day after being released from the prison.
He was in Ottawa in June for an interview with a magazine and was visiting a First Nations reserve when he got too close to a Canadian Border Services Agency point of entry and was arrested.
Calvin claims he was not allowed to shave or shower for days, nor was he allowed to brush his teeth. Friends could not reach Calvin on June 14, and he says he was arrested on June 15. According to Calvin, the CBSA said he was a danger to the public and a flight risk. While at the maximum security facility, he claims he was denied his seizure medication.
He also said he was not allowed to speak to his lawyer for 10 days.
The Gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.
The Scriptures should be read with the aim of finding Christ in them. Whoever turns aside from this object, even though he wears himself out all his life in learning, he will never reach the knowledge of the truth.
The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart.
Every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone. For he was sold, to buy us back; captive, to deliver us; condemned, to absolve us. He was made a curse for our blessing, sin offering for our righteousness; marred that we may be made fair.
He died for our life; so that by him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darkness turned into light, fear reassured, despisal despised, debt canceled, labor lightened, sadness made merry, misfortune made fortunate, difficulty easy, disorder ordered, division united, ignominy ennobled, rebellion subjected, intimidation intimidated, ambush uncovered, assaults assailed, force forced back, combat combated, war warred against, vengeance avenged, torment tormented, damnation damned, the abyss sunk into the abyss, hell transfixed, death dead, mortality made immortal.
In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune.
John Calvin, preface for Pierre Robert Olivétan’s 1534 French translation of the New Testament
Take heed: he who strays from the Word of God may run as fast as he likes, yet he will not reach the goal because he will wind up in the wrong path. It is better to limp on the right way than to run on the wrong