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Australian Christian Author Faces Court Over COVID Mandates

7 May 2024

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Coffs Harbour-based author Steve Forkin faces court again on 8 May for Covid-related “offences”.

The Christian apologist was charged by Coffs Harbour police in 2020 after being arrested for helping a Jewish friend.

Forkin, 60, told Caldron Pool that he was out walking when he noticed a disproportionate number of police gathered at a park.

Curious, he stopped to ask about their heavy presence.

Over the Top

After a friendly exchange, Forkin said he started to leave when he noticed five officers seemingly harassing a slow-walking Jewish lady drinking coffee.

Connected to the Jewish community through his own Jewish ancestry, Forkin soon realised this was someone he knew.

Concerned about other examples of overreach, Forkin recalled walking up to her, only to have the police turn on him.

They wanted her papers and identification.

Further attempts by police to force the “papers please” medical authoritarianism, caused the intimidated Jewish lady to drop her coffee.

Forkin said, as a reflex, he got down to pick up the lid.

Police responded by throwing him to the ground.

They then fined the lady, and let her go.

Forkin was detained inside a paddy wagon for 45 minutes.

Body camera footage obtained by a lawyer – connected to Rebel News’ Avi Yemini – revealed officers deliberating on what to charge Forkin with.

That footage (published by Yemini) took two years and three court appearances to secure.

Court proceedings additionally revealed the police presence on the day was a response to information received from an informant.

Keen COVID “Karens” had forewarned Coffs Harbour police about a pending, non-existent pro-freedom protest, scheduled to take place at the park.

Forkin was eventually charged with “assaulting/hindering” a police officer, interfering in police work, and attending an illegal gathering” – in other words, “breaching COVID public health order restrictions.”

His 8 May court appearance will determine whether the Christian apologist is guilty of the latter.

The criminal offence has since been dropped, due to a key material witness – a former police officer – being no longer available.

Speaking with Caldron Pool, Forkin said he was hopeful of a not-guilty win and will appeal if the magistrate rules in favour of the lockdown lunacy.

Cancelled by Church

The arrest, while distressing, wasn’t the worst part, he added.

Elders, acting on the information he shared with his pastor, decided to remove Forkin from all leadership positions in his church.

There was no due process, consultation, or consideration for the context of events leading up to his arrest.

The elders simply decided he was in the wrong.

Even though he’s wrestled with a sense of deep betrayal, rather than cause division, Forkin said he’s stuck with the church.

The absence of remorse from churches for blindly going along with the government, as if it never gets anything wrong, was shameful, he stated.

Notably, Forkin was an early supporter of the government’s response to COVID-19.

This turned to scepticism, when “two weeks to flatten the curve” turned into totalitarianism.

Expressing frustration at the lack of self-reflection, Forking concluded it’s disappointing to see Australia’s churches sweeping their participation in medical authoritarianism under the carpet.

Churches are essential, and yet many misapplied Romans 13 to justify forced closures, while bottle shops, brothels, and Bunnings remained open.

This frustration informs Forkin’s excellent self-published book, State Absolutism and Christian Resistance: Slaying the Dragon.

You can read the Caldron Pool review here.

Steve can be contacted through his YouTube channel here.


Republished with thanks to Caldron Pool.

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  1. Hannah 7 May 2024 at 8:34 am - Reply

    The police did not do anything wrong. The politicians did.
    What the church did was also very concerning.

  2. Kathy Gasper 7 May 2024 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Thank you Daily Declaration for bring this appalling incident into the light. I pray that true justice will prevail.

  3. Christine Crawford 7 May 2024 at 9:27 am - Reply

    And this was in 2121 in Australia! Nothing new under the sun 🙁

  4. Warwick Marsh 7 May 2024 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Very disturbing story. Great writing Rod!!!!

  5. Scott 7 May 2024 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Covid was a sham and MOST people know it!

  6. Matt 7 May 2024 at 11:00 am - Reply

    This is concerning

  7. Gail Petherick 7 May 2024 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Thank you, Rod, for covering this story so thoroughly. I hope many in the Coffs Harbour region read it. It is incredible that Steve acted as a good Samaritan in order to help a slow walking Jewish lady as she was suddenly surrounded by police
    I hope and pray Steve receives an apology from the police. No matter what God will reward him in heaven and the lady he helped will be forever grateful for his courageous act. It would be clearly God’s will that the church apologizes and have a belated talk with Steve over his actions on that day and apologize to him and even re instate him. He has meanwhile followed Jesus’ example and forgiven them and stayed in the congregation… There is so much we can learn from this in hindsight about not pre-judging a person.
    Hopefully, we have learnt some lessons since then about the injustices that occurred due to the fear and hype COVID caused and about false narratives and the harm they cause.
    God bless Steve for his acts of care and concern and for forgiving those who treated him unjustly.

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