Michigan was the first state to see protests against draconian lockdown measures by an overreaching governor. On April 15, the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized an in-vehicle protest in Lansing, MI that drew an estimated 15,000 vehicles. Since that time, several protests by Michigan workers who are being devastated by the one-size-fits-all shut down of the state’s economy, have taken place at the MI State Capitol. Michigan citizens were furious over restrictions place on outdoor businesses like landscapers and garden centers that seemed to lack commons sense. Whitmer also placed restrictions on items shoppers could purchase from local stores like garden seeds and paint.
On April 23, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she would be extending her lockdown order on MI citizens, while loosening a few of the restrictions including the purchase of seeds, and allowing landscapers to go back to work outdoors. As part of her new executive order, Whitmer ordered everyone in an enclosed space to wear a face-covering.
Governor Whitmer’s executive order for people to wear face-coverings in public seems to be in direct opposition to Dr. Fauci’s advice. Watch, as Dr. Fauci, a lead figure in President Trump’s coronavirus task force explain his theory on wearing masks during the pandemic, “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” and “often there are unintended consequences.”
Masks are bullshit. pic.twitter.com/aw5dyEjkiD
— Mike (@FuctupMike) May 6, 2020
One of the unintended consequences of Governor Whitmer’s executive order was the shooting death of the 43-year-old father of nine and Family Dollar Store security guard Calvin James Munerlyn, who lost his life trying to uphold Governor Whitmer’s controversial face-covering executive order.
According to NewsOne, Calvin James Munerlyn, a 43-year-old married father of nine, was working at a Family Dollar in Flint, Michigan, on Friday. During his shift, he asked a female customer to cover her face with a mask while inside the store. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order says that “everyone must wear a mask in all enclosed public spaces to halt the spread of COVID-19.”
Only moments ago, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed yet another executive order to extend the state’s stay-at-home order through the end of May for nonessential workers while allowing for manufacturing workers to resume work next week.
FOX News – Whitmer’s executive order comes a day after state lawmakers filed a lawsuit to compel her to reopen the economy following her extension of the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration. The lawsuit capped off weeks of protests that featured armed demonstrators at the state Capitol.
In addition to the lawsuit filed against Whitmer by the state legislators, three church leaders have joined in a lawsuit to fight Whitmer’s executive orders that they claim, among other things, violates their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion.
The lawsuit claims that extending the state of emergency on and after April 30 was illegal because she issued them without approval from the state legislature.
According to the lawsuit, executive orders like the ones Whitmer issued outside the 28-day window following her original declaration of a state of emergency are not democratic.
“Allowing one person to wield absolute power is not a republican form of government, it is tyranny,” GLJC said.
CHURCHES FILE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT AGAINST GOVERNOR WHITMER
Word of Faith Christian Center Church, et. al. v Whitmer (U.S. District Court)
- Violation of Plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to Free Exercise of Religion.
- Violation of Plaintiffs’ First Amendment right to Free Expression and Association.
- Violation of Plaintiffs’ Constitutional Due Process Rights.
- Violation of the Constitutional requirement for Separation of Powers.
- Violation of the Constitutional Guarantee of a republican form of government.
- The Michigan Emergency Powers laws are unconstitutional.
Plaintiffs allege in their Complaint:
- Just because a governor has ink in her pen does not mean the Constitution authorizes her to use it, notwithstanding good intentions. The Constitution does not become irrelevant during any emergency, including a pandemic. Instead of every citizen being subject to the rule of law, they have become subjects of Defendant’s daily edicts.
- Nothing in the U.S. Constitution authorizes a state governor to suspend constitutional representative governance by declaring new emergencies every 28 days into perpetuity. Allowing one person to wield absolute power is not a republican form of government, it is tyranny. (p. 20).
A copy of the Complaint can be found here.