'Why the churches decided to comply is beyond me.'
We know who the real faithful are now right? Those like Pastor Art - persecuted by Calgary City Police - now completely vindicated by real world science. Those religious leaders who did nothing are just like the medical professionals that didn't say anything either - guilty of compliance to tyrannical behavior. Shame on them all. When they show up at the pearly gates, I hope the sign says "Sorry, you failed the test, all sheep to the left".
this is an example why our governing tyrants sent us home and forbid gatherings - when we gather and talk we realize others feel the same way and that what we are experiencing is insane and that we need to rise up and protest or at least get on with our lives making our own decisions about what's right for us.