APN Stresses Urgent Initiative as Governors Try to Operate
Outside the Law; Chaos Harms Businesses, Families, Communities
October 13, 2020
PHILADELPHIA—As the presidential election nears during this time of coronavirus, one point is patently clear: Our great nation must reopen from coast to coast—and do so responsibly and lawfully. In all states and cities, it can be done. But everyone, including our legislative branch of government, needs to be on board with it for the long-term health and well-being of both America and all Americans.
For some time, the American Pastors Network (APN, americanpastorsnetwork.net) has stressed its vital “Restore The Law” initiative, launched in response to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders to businesses, churches, schools, and other operations to shutter across the state in March. Though federal judge William S. Stickman wisely ruled that such an edict by the Wolf administration was unconstitutional, a federals appeals court subsequently ruled that the state could, in fact, reinstate COVID-focused restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. This latest ruling in favor of lawlessness makes the “Restore The Law” initiative even more crucial.
Developments in Michigan bear continued close watching as well. The Michigan Supreme Court on October 2 ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue closure and lockdown edicts for Michigan residents and businesses without the state legislature’s approval.
On their own, however, court rulings are insufficient. Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch possesses the constitutional authority to write new legislation. Lawmaking is reserved for respective legislatures—and it has been usurped. Only lawmakers can reclaim this vital responsibility—and they must Restore The Law.
Says the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network and a former nine-term state representative, “Citizens across Pennsylvania must work together—starting now—to contact members of the General Assembly, who are empowered and obligated to speak for them. Authority resides in the people, and the people must take it back through their elected representatives,” Rohrer adds.
He believes the Pennsylvania legislature needs to Restore The Law immediately. “We are in this situation in the first place because the legislature sought to invoke the law, only to be spurned by the governor and enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Today, lawlessness again reigns—and only the legislature can ‘Restore The Law,’” Rohrer says.
APN’s Restore The Law initiative is in line with the organization’s clear mission, which is to be“a voice for truth and an advocate for pastors in the public square by providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy.”
This is why the American Pastors Network recently released its Open Letter and Resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.
Rohrer says further of what’s been occurring in Pennsylvania, “The fact that the secondary judge ruled in favor of lawlessness underscores the ongoing conflict against the law—and makes what we are calling for all the more important. It corroborates our point that the fundamental question to ask is, ‘What is the authority behind the dictates?’ The legislature here in Pennsylvania and the legislatures across the country are the only bodies—in compliance with the Constitution—that can remedy the matter and Restore The Law. They must rebalance the current imbalance of powers.”
Adds Rohrer, “No citizen or judicial branch action can re-establish the constitutional balance of power or Restore The Law. This is why we called upon the legislature and we call now again on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to move swiftly and boldly to Restore The Law, as called out in our open letter and resolution.”
He emphasizes urgently, “We call on the legislature to do what only they can do: Restore The Law.”
Learn more about APN’s urgent open letter and resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.
Sam Rohrer, as well as his co-hosts and guests, explore these and other compelling topics on APN’s popular and live daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today.” Rohrer also hosts the daily short radio feature, “Stand in the Gap Minute; “best of” shows from the week are broadcast on “Stand in the Gap Weekend.” Likewise, “Stand in the Gap TV” considers complex and divisive cultural issues from a biblical worldview perspective.
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