Bill de Blasio threatened to permanently close down places of worship that don’t toe the line on New York City’s shutdown order.
Specifically calling out synagogues and churches, the mayor on Friday somehow overlooked mentioning mosques in his authoritarian press conference declaration.
In case you thought your religious freedoms and private property rights couldn’t be infringed:
— AJ (@TampaBayAJ) March 28, 2020
“I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” said de Blasio.
He went on to claim that he does not take “any joy” from his move to interfere with his constituents’ First Amendment rights to practice their religion, but added, “We do not need gatherings that will endanger people.”
So the NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department–everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation. They will inform them they need to stop the services and disperse.
“If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” he said. “Again, that will begin this weekend.”
“You’ve been warned,” the vastly unpopular Democrat concluded. “You need to stop services. Help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that can endanger people.”
The stunning threat to permanently close churches and synagogues came during a coronavirus press conference that lasted almost an hour and a half on Friday. A transcript of the presser can be viewed here.
There is no doubt that New York City is now at the front lines in the war against COVID-19. As of Sunday, 776 deaths in the city had come as the result of the coronavirus. More than 33,000 cases were confirmed within the city limits.
Mayor de Blasio bears responsibility
It’s important to point out that not long ago, de Blasio was seriously downplaying the COVID-19 threat and encouraging people in his city to go out on the town.
White House adviser KellyAnne Conway reminded New York reporters last week that “you have a mayor saying, ‘Look at me, I’m on the subway, go out on the town.’”
Conway referenced a tweet earlier in the month by the mayor, when she said: “He told people through a tweet on March 2, ‘Go live your lives and go out on the town,’ and then recommended what show everybody go see. So it’s very unfortunate we now have the spread in the whole New York metro area, which as you all know includes many parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania.”
Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) March 3, 2020
To be clear, there have been no mea culpas coming from de Blasio. In fact, it would seem he has no problem trying to pin blame on people of faith for the tragedy befalling his city.
The guy who wouldn’t stop going to the gym and didn’t order supplies for his city until March is over the line here. https://t.co/gHtymbwc6J
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 30, 2020
Close permanently? You’re going to be sued into oblivion. They can voluntarily choose to close but you, sir, are not a dictator & this is not Soviet Russia.
You have no ruling power over religious services.
— Daisy Belle (@DaisyBelleLace) March 29, 2020
Almost sounds like….tyranny.
— PGallagher ⭐⭐⭐ (@pcgallagher17) March 30, 2020
You want to close the very same houses of worship that you have in the past encouraged to shelter illegals?
— CoffeeBoy207 ER RN (@MediaOwl207) March 30, 2020
Nice “Freedom Of Religion” and “Freedom Of Assembly” violations.
This is why you don’t vote Marxist into power on any level
— TSINGTAO VIRUS 🔴 (@RantsOutloud) March 30, 2020
Is de Blasio an anomaly among Democrats who are wielding power during this coronavirus crisis? We wish.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened to cut water & electricity from businesses that refuse to close
Ralph Northam made it illegal to go to church
The New Orleans Mayor threatened to halt gun sales
What about this crisis makes Democrats think they can ignore the Constitution?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 30, 2020
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