Our home state of Michigan has been popping up frequently in the news and talk shows of late because of one unfortunate claim to fame – our governor’s exceptionally draconian statewide mandates or executive orders.
We are infamously not “allowed” (I cringe as I type that) to visit family members, drive our own vehicles to our own second home or cottage, operate a boat with a motor, pick up paint, flooring, or garden supplies from a big box store, take our children into a store for supplies, and the list goes on.
But, while our state’s ridiculous rules have been an exception among the other states with lockdown orders in place, we have something else no other state has.
We have a Professor William Wagner. From a legal standpoint, there is probably no one more qualified to address the orders lately given by Michigan Governor Whitmer – orders that have raised an outcry against authoritarianism and over reach. By God’s grace, Wagner is also qualified to speak from a spiritual perspective. As the president of Salt and Light Global, William Wagner has a history of standing up for Biblical standards and religious liberty. He is a devoted Christian and legal scholar and we are excited to announce that he is the speaker for this week’s ZOOM web conference.
Let me share some of his official bio with you:
As lead amicus counsel in a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various national organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Professor Wagner previously served in the United States Courts as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal adviser and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. There he led a diplomatic mission charged with strengthening good governance and the rule of law. His international service also includes an appointment by the United States Courts as Commissioner to Canada. Over the years, Professor Wagner has provided international assistance to the justice sector institutions of numerous countries on five continents.
Professor Wagner also served as a senior United States prosecutor, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the United States Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Professor Wagner served as legal counsel in the United States Senate and as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Michigan legislature. As chief counsel, he supervised all legislative issues involving the separation of powers, due process, and other protections of individual rights and liberties, including the right to free expression and the free exercise of religious conscience.
Listeners the last few weeks got to hear from Curtis Bowers, the creator of “Agenda: Grinding America Down” and its sequel, “Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit.” We look forward to continuing this web conference series in the weeks ahead, but we may never feature a speaker more relevant to the current issues of the day than Professor Wagner.
One question I am looking forward to hearing answered is, “how do executive orders, by definition orders for those in the executive branch of government, have any legal binding over normal citizens?”
I hope that you will join us to hear the answer to this question and many more! If you’d like to be included in this ZOOM conference, you can follow this link:
https://zoom.us/j/95748794906?pwd=c0ZUUHU0SDk1eGlIL1hra0VkRU45UT09on Thursday, April 16 at 1:00 PM EST. If you are on a mobile device, it will help you join faster if you can download the application from your device’s app store in advance.
If you are not comfortable with a computer or smart phone, you can call this number: 1 646 876 9923, and enter the Meeting ID: 957 4879 4906.
When asked for a password, please use: 006402
Participants will be muted when they join the meeting to keep everything running as smoothly as possible.
We hope to see you there!
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