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Michigan Catholic School Fights Mask Mandate Since Masks Hide ‘God’s Image’

Michigan Catholic School Fights Mask Mandate Since Masks Hide ‘God’s Image’

“Masks also make us anti-social. They interfere with relations. As the Catholic faith teaches, we are relational beings.”

Most private schools sued over mask mandates because of religious liberty concerning the right to worship.

The lawsuit from the Resurrection School in Lansing, MI, could form a new precedent:

In the original lawsuit filed, the school argued against the state-imposed mask mandate on religious grounds, saying it ultimately interferes with Catholic education.

“Unfortunately, a mask shields our humanity,” the lawsuit read. “And because God created us in His image, we are masking that image.”

School officials also argued the possible social implications of face coverings.

“Masks also make us anti-social,” the lawsuit said. “They interfere with relations. As the Catholic faith teaches, we are relational beings.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati will hear the appeal on Wednesday.

The Resurrection School filed the original lawsuit in October 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

However, “the court denied the school’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the mask mandate.” The school appealed two days later.

Rev. Steve Mattson, the Church of the Resurrection pastor, said the school did not have school transmissions. Students fifth grade and below never wore a mask:

“We didn’t, over the past year, have any cases of in school transmission,” said Rev. Steve Mattson, Church of the Resurrection pastor.

The lawsuit says the “mask shields our humanity,” “masks God’s image” and “make us anti-social.”

Rev. Mattson said it’s important for teachers to see a student’s entire face.

“Teaching is a relationship between individuals, and we know non-verbal interaction is very powerful,” said Rev. Mattson.

Mattson wants to make sure the state cannot instill another mask mandate because “it’s really the students who suffer.”

“It’s the ones who struggle the most that are most harmed by having to wear their mask,” explained Mattson.

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rhhardin | July 22, 2021 at 5:07 pm

The theological argument. It makes sense that a Catholic school would think of it.

But how does it go. Is hiding God’s image necessarily bad? Perhaps it’s modesty, as with other parts of the body. Let the courts decide!


     
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    nordic_prince in reply to rhhardin. | July 22, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    The Court has no jurisdiction over theology (except when it comes to LGBTQIGDRJVDGHQ+, and increasingly with vaxxes, these days).

    That probably won’t stop the black-robed tyrants from telling people how they may exercise their religion, though….


 
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E Howard Hunt | July 22, 2021 at 5:11 pm

Now that’s what I call a prima facie case!


 
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henrybowman | July 22, 2021 at 6:25 pm

Lawfare, with God on your side.
Sure, why not? It worked for Hobby Lobby.
I wish “philosophies” had the same BOR protection as “religions.”
If my bedrock belief is “liberty and choice” rather than “Supreme Being no one can verify,” isn’t it just as valid?


 
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Milhouse | July 22, 2021 at 6:47 pm

Moses wore a mask, to hide the light that shone from his face from his conversation with God. (Exodus 34:33)

    I always thought Moses removed the veil when speaking to God, but put on the veil when speaking later to the Israelites:

    The LORD Renews the Covenant:
    …32And after this all the Israelites came near, and Moses commanded them to do everything that the LORD had told him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. 34But whenever Moses went in before the LORD to speak with Him, he would remove the veil until he came out. And when he came out, he would tell the Israelites what he had been commanded,…

    https://www.biblehub.com/exodus/34-33.htm


 
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Bill West | July 22, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Should Rev. Steve Mattson go into the hospital for an appendectomy, will he insist the surgeon not wear a mask? Or is he a fool?

Whitler’s power was chopped somewhat by a petition the legislature passed. She’ll probably use HHS to make up some bullschiff mandates. Basically what she did when the courts ruled against her.

https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2021/07/15/the-michigan-senate-moves-to-repeal-emergency-powers-law/

Republican state senators on Thursday approved the repeal of the Michigan law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to order emergency lockdowns at the beginning of the pandemic when Michigan was among the states hardest hit by COVID-19.

The state Senate’s 20-15 vote along partisan lines came two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified Unlock Michigan’s petition drive to repeal the 1945 law Whitmer used to maintain a state of emergency and lockdown past 28 days without the Legislature’s input. The petition received about 460,000 valid signatures, far more than the approximately 340,000 needed.

Because it resulted from a petition drive, Whitmer would not be allowed to veto the repeal if the Republican-led House also approves it, as it’s expected to do. (they did)

The Michigan Supreme Court in October declared the law Whitmer cited unconstitutional. After that decision, Whitmer used the state’s health department to create rules for the pandemic.

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