Kevin Annett is one of the nuttiest people to come out of Canada’s radical left. He began his career as a United Church clergy, but was quickly defrocked after refusing to accept psychiatric counselling. Filled with anger, Annett began a one man crusade against the church- making up fanciful tales that Canadian churches mass murdered children at Indian residential schools and buried them in mass graves. At one point, Annett claimed to have discovered a mass grave, but it was quickly proven the bones he claimed were of small children were actually from animals.
Most people (who aren’t sociopaths) would have accepted they’d been caught and have quietly walked away. Not Annett, instead he came up with a new set of fanciful tales. His next big adventure was to create a fake “International Court of Justice”. Annett’s kangaroo court claimed that the government of Canada was dissolved, and he labelled himself the Interim President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Kanata. He also claimed that his ‘lawful court’ dissolved the Catholic Church, put an arrest warrant on the Pope, the Queen, PM Harper, and a retired RCMP officer who was once assigned to investigate Annett’s fraudulent activities.
Annett is a very sick man- most would say he’s (at the minimum) suffering from delusions of grandeur. While most reasonable people have seen this, it appears that there are still a few useful idiots out there still willing to do stupid things on his behalf. Today’s story is about a particularly idiotic group in the city of Coventry in the UK.
A video titled “church reclamation coventry uk and police” was posted on YouTube on September 8th. It was posted by Rhianne Baines who, along with a few of her friends, burst into Coventry’s St Elizabeth’s church and told a priest that they’ve taken it over on the order of Annett’s ‘Court of Justice’.
They stated that the Roman Catholic church has been “lawfully convicted of child trafficking, genocide, and crimes against humanity”. The priest, rightly, looked at them like they were insane. When some of the parishioners came to help the priest they threatened them with ‘citizens arrest’.
The video was so sad it was painful to watch. One of Annett’s nutters was wearing a jacket with the words “Peace Officer” painted on, and a pair of knock-off Dior sunglasses. When the parishioners tried to guide them out of the church he threatened that he would ‘cuff’ them. Eventually, after a bit of a struggle, the nutters were guided outside of the church- but, on their way, they continuously shouted “we’re sheriffs of the court!”.
The police were pretty good natured when they arrived. They listened to the nutter’s statements, had a glance at their documents (without laughing out loud), and gently explained that they wouldn’t be allowing them to take over the church. It would have been a good laugh had people’s church services not been interrupted.
Looking through Rhianne Baines’ videos, it appears this isn’t the first time she and her friends have had run-ins with the local constabulary. A couple of weeks ago they attacked a couple of traffic wardens and tried to read them a document saying that their ‘common law court’ had dissolved the United Kingdom and put out an arrest warrant for the Queen. On August 28th they chased down a couple of police officers, yelled abuse at them, and shared the same story.
A study came out in April that claimed 4% of Americans believe that their country is run by lizard people. Considering this, it’s not surprising that there are people out there who still believe in Annett’s grandiose (and utterly ridiculous) claims. That said, what is surprising is that Annett is allowed to continue his crimes unhindered. Evidence has been presented to the RCMP of his taking money from his victims, bragging about cheating on taxes, and forging the signature of a deceased indigenous woman- yet, no actions have been taken to stop him.
Annett’s story teaches us a couple of things. First, Canada is one of the best countries in the world for con artists- our laws are so weak, that it’s unlikely they will be convicted. Next, as PT Barnum taught us, there’s a sucker born every minute- Rhianne Baines and her friends are perfect examples of this. Perhaps, one day, the system will catch up with Annett and charge him for his crimes. Until then, I’m sure there’ll be lots of entertainment for us in the future.
Here’s the video of the nutters invading the church last week. You can’t make this sort of craziness up…