I wrote into the newspaper back in May and had the words “God given rights” in my opinion. Someone wrote in the following week and wanted to know what are God given rights, where is it in the Bible?
Our basic God-given right is the right to choose. It is found in the Bible throughout, beginning in Genesis 2:16,17 where God tells Adam that he can eat from any tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God gave man that choice. We all know what choice was made in the next chapter. In John 1:12, God also gives us the right to become children of his (if we choose). In the Declaration of Independence it states that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these being life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To accomplish this we must make choices. We are given the freedom to choose how to live our lives and pursue that happiness. Our life is a series of choices we make. No one, not even the governor has the legal right to make those choices for us. There is nothing in the constitution that states we must give up our rights under any circumstance, including a pandemic. We cannot be forced to stay home, close our businesses, not worship as WE see fit, wear a mask, etc. In light of the current circumstances, it would do us all well to read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Michigan Constitution. What has happened since March is a huge infringement of these inalienable rights. Too many people are satisfied to listen to the nightly news and do whatever is being asked of you without facts or doing your homework. Facts do matter. We are not getting the whole truth on anything since the governor started doling out orders. If you do a search for Stand Up Michigan on Youtube and also Katherine Henry, attorney on Youtube, you will finds lots of information on the truth about masks and the legality of what has been forced on us through executive orders. And keep in mind they are orders, not laws. Only the legislature can pass laws. Stand up for your freedoms or soon you will not have them. — Tina Furness, Goodrich