In peaceful defiance…
Many Americans are beginning to peacefully come out against the lockdown measures that have taken place across the country and the overreach by some states. Here are the unsung heroes leading the charge for a commonsense response to the legitimate danger poised by the coronavirus (COVID-19) while ensuring our economic livelihood:
Pastor Kevin Wilson
The Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr sided with Wilson, who sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after local authorities threatened the pastor with a hefty fine and jail time for holding Palm Sunday services.
Barr previously announced that the DOJ would take legal action against governors whose COVID-19 actions infringe on civil rights.
District Judge John Broomes
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) got a reality check when Wichita District Judge John Broomes ruled her decree limiting attendance to in-person church services to ten people or fewer illegitimate. Judge Broomes pointed to the fact that Gov. Kelly had not put these restrictions in place at airports and on public transportation in his ruling.
Dys is the special counsel at First Liberty Institute. He works exclusively to uphold the religious liberty of all Americans. In recent weeks, he’s taken on clients like the King James Baptist Bible Church of Greenville, Mississippi, whose congregants were issued $500 tickets for attending a drive-in service. Dys is committed to preserving the inalienable rights recognized and articulated by our Founders.
Staver is the chairman of the Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to religious liberty. Staver has taken exception to Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas’ lockdown order, which he says compels churches to “surveil, track and spy” on worshipers who attend in-person services. While Lucas strongly disagrees with Staver’s characterization, many in the community feel the mayor’s actions have gone too far.
Brexit Leader Nigel Farage
The leader of the United Kingdom’s Brexit movement, Nigel Farage, has made an effort to expose his country’s ongoing migrant crisis while, internally, Great Britain is under strict lockdown.
I witnessed first hand our Border Force acting as a taxi service for illegal migrants in Dover this morning. This scandal continues and people have got every right to be angry about it. pic.twitter.com/1uwqIQyjJu
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 4, 2020
Farage later encountered two police officers knocking on his door. They reportedly told the politician-turned-journalist to observe “essential travel” orders.
Farage tweeted about the incident afterward.
Two police officers just knocked on my door to advise me on essential travel.
They had received a complaint that I had been to Dover to report on the illegal migrant scandal taking place.
What a total waste of time and money.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 4, 2020
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, 31, is leading the charge in the GOP-controlled state legislature to sue Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) for unauthorized use of power. Chatfield told Michigan’s second-largest paper that Republicans in Lansing take the pandemic seriously and were willing to compromise with Whitmer on her proposals, excluding an extension of the stay-at-home order but she refused.
Newport Beach City Council
One of California’s last conservative bastions, the city of Newport Beach has sought a middle path to dealing with COVID-19. While Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is promoting a list of government-approved outdoor activities during lockdown like “exploring rock pools” the Newport Beach City Council voted 5-2 to keep their beaches open while enforcing social distancing guidelines.
Cordie Lee Williams
Marine veteran Cordie Lee Williams’ speech in front of police clad in riot gear outside the California State Capitol went viral for giving an eloquent, impassioned voice to Americans frustrated by draconian lockdown measures imposed on otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Cordie’s point has become increasingly salient as the lockdowns have dragged on and on, depriving millions of not only their natural rights but also, in many cases, their livelihoods as well.
Now that protests have swept California, Gov. Newsom has announced modifications to his lockdown orders.