Mich. gov: State doesn’t ‘have ability to control’ religious gatherings amid coronavirus outbreak

Mich. gov: State doesn’t ‘have ability to control’ religious gatherings amid coronavirus outbreak
Michigan's Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer (Image: Detroit Free Press video screen grab)

[Ed. – This is insane, and not only because the notion of separation of church and state doesn’t appear in the Constitution.]

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Sunday said she exempted religious services from a statewide ban on gatherings of 50 or more people amid the coronavirus outbreak at the behest of the Republican legislature but said she strongly discouraged such gatherings.

“We’re discouraging people from gathering at all,” Whitmer said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“That’s an area we don’t have the ability to directly enforce and control,” she added, citing the separation of church and state.

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Guest host John Roberts asked Whitmer about the “Big Three” automakers shuttering amid the pandemic and whether the auto industry requires federal funds.

“I applaud the big three working with the UAW [United Autoworkers] in making that decision but at the end of the day we’ve got to make sure we can still be competitive,” Whitmer responded.

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