“No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.” -Theodore Roosevelt 26th President
What is it going to take for “fix is in” Governor Tim Walz and his side-kick accomplice Attorney General Keith “Hakim” Ellison from Minnesota to understand that they are not above the law (Psalm 94:20)? When are they going to learn that they can oppress a people for so long before they lawfully respond?
Well, friends, I can answer that question with the immediate answer: Hold them accountable to the very laws that they swore to uphold by reminding them and other corrupt representatives that they are NOT above the law (Exodus 20; US Constitution; Bill of Rights).
Oh, how I rejoice in heart when I see others that are in the fight in upholding those laws that so many fought, bled and died upholding to bestow upon us the freedoms that we now enjoy (John 15:13; 2 Corinthians 5:15).
As a matter of fact, if all Americans were to see the price paid for their freedoms, I highly doubt that they would allow any said representative to trample underfoot what so many have been allowed to do to date (Galatians 3:1-4). This is dishonoring to our veterans who sacrificed themselves in giving us what it is that we have when it comes to our freedoms.
Taking it a step further, I am elated when I not only see the American people honoring them by magnifying the laws against all crime (Deuteronomy 25:1) but all the more when I see the Church in this country taking a stand in keeping the commandments of the Lord (Proverbs 7:2) in establishing judgment and righteousness within (Deuteronomy 4; Isaiah 26:9, 51:4; Amos 5:15)
The Minnesota Sun reported: “Churches Sue Governor Walz, State Attorney General and County Attorneys for Violating Religious Liberties”
“Three churches are suing the governor and his constituents for executive orders that violate their religious liberties. Defendants in the case are Governor Tim Walz, State Attorney General Keith Ellison, and county attorneys Chad Larson, Tom Kelly, and Donald Ryan. The Thomas More Society filed on behalf of the churches.
The lawsuit cites Article I, Section 16 of Minnesota’s Constitution as state precedent protecting the right to worship: “the right of every man to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience shall never be infringed.” The lawsuit also cites Christian adherence to the Bible’s commandment for believers to worship together.
The Thomas More Society Special Council Erick Kardaal affirmed this reasoning, adding that multiple religions “are bound by their faith to worship together.”
“Time-honored rights and rituals, including prayers, singing, communion, and a laying of hands in blessing, are among those elements that comprise the free exercise of religion, for which the First Amendment disallows the prohibition thereof. That is the central tenet of the complaint.”
The suit argues that the executive orders are unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Executive Orders 20-74 and 20-81 are referred to as “legal requirements imposed upon [the church] interfering with their religious practices.”
Governor Walz established Executive Order 20-74 on June 5th. The order banned worship gatherings over fifty percent capacity, limited indoor and outdoor worship services to 250 people, and mandated six feet social distancing.
Penalties for breaking any part of Order 20-74 was costly. Individuals were subject to a $1,000 fine or 90 days in prison, while business owners and management faced $3,000 or a year’s time. For every violation of the order, businesses faced civil relief fines up to $25,000.
Less than two months later, Governor Walz mandated face coverings in Executive Order 20-81. Individuals could incur up to $100 fine, while businesses could face up to $1,000 fine or a 90 day imprisonment.
“Other states, including Texas, Illinois, and Ohio have excluded churches from COVID-19 mask mandates,” said Kaardal. “Unlike Walz, those states have recognized that you cannot criminalize religious attendance at houses of worship for any reason.”
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