Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville, Michigan is suing the Whitmer Administration over COVID-19 mandates and restrictions issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ottawa County Health Department.
The Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville, Michigan, is pushing a lawsuit in the US District Court in the western district of Michigan against mandates from the Whitmer Administration, the Michigan Department of Health, and the Ottawa County Department of Health. According to the lawsuit, the Christian school from K to 12th grade, which looks after 265 students, was repeatedly threatened with school closings if they did not follow certain rules. The Whitmer Administration claims will help contain the spread of COVID-19. In addition to the lawsuit, the school filed a motion to “seek an injunction and an injunction against the state of Michigan.”
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One of the rules that the Whitmer Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Ottawa County Department of Health are trying to enforce is that kindergarten teachers “must always wear masks in school, including chapel and outdoor recess. “For more than a month, the small school is said to have received a series of” threats of civil and criminal sanctions from officials “.
Ian Northon, special advisor to the Amistad project of the Thomas More Society, which represents Libertas Christian School, said of his lawsuit:
“This violates the assembly and religious rights of the First Amendment for the school’s 265 students, as well as parents and staff. It’s a shocking and bold abuse of power that began on the first day of school on September 4th and has continued despite the unanimous decision of the Michigan Supreme Court that ruled Governor Whitmer’s related executive orders unlawful on the case is clear and compelling. “
“At Libertas Christian School, nobody is more concerned about the health and safety of the students than their parents and school staff. There wasn’t a single positive test for COVID or symptomatic students at the school, and the students are healthy and successful. If the actions of the state are allowed to prevail, they will not only disrupt the education and religious practice of children, but will also cause great harm to children and others. “
Phill Kline, director of the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, stepped in and said:
“The Whitmer administration lost in Michigan Supreme Court and is now circumventing the Michigan Constitution to violate the most basic rights of students and parents. We will emphatically support the students and parents when they defend themselves against bullies who are ready to use the full state apparatus against the students and parents of the Libertas Christian School. “
This is not the only case the Amistad Project has brought against the Whitmer administration. In fact, the organization is in the middle of five cases “filed in various Michigan courts”. Kline said the Amistad project “will continue to challenge Governor Whitmer, who has removed himself from the legislative process and instead declared himself to be His the law … My question to the governor is: when did she lose confidence in democracy? “
That latest lawsuit was filed last weekend to protect the school’s students. The Thomas More Society financially supports the school’s legal steps so that the legal costs are not borne by the parents and students. The Thomas More Society is a not-for-profit public interest law firm.
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