NYC mayor continues to close churches while allowing mass protests
Democrat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio still believes it is unsafe for churches to open their doors for worship but he has no problem with thousands of people protesting in the streets.
The mayor was drilled by reporters wondering why he was honoring only parts of the First Amendment. His response raised eyebrows.
“When you see a nation, an entire nation simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seeded in 400 years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services,” de Blasio told reporters. “This is something that’s not about which side of the spectrum you’re on. It’s about a deep, deep American crisis… Sorry guys, there’s a world outside New York City. So, we’re dealing with this.”
He continued, “This is a powerful, painful historical moment. So no, I have eyes to see. We’re not going to treat it like it’s just any other day, we’re not going to treat it like, ‘Why are people outside at the bars,’ and not notice that all of America is grappling simultaneously with a horrible crisis.”
Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse responded to de Blasio’s remarks.
“You don’t get to pick and choose First Amendment freedoms. You don’t get to side with protesters and slough off churches and synagogues. Americans ought to hope that New York City is sued so that Bill de Blasio’s nonsense gets laughed out of court,” said Sasse.
Mayor de Blasio has bumped heads with several religious institutions in NYC during the coronavirus but perhaps the largest dispute has come with Orthodox Jewish communities. In late April, after police broke up a crowd at a funeral for a Brooklyn rabbi, de Blasio took to Twitter to threaten police action against religious gatherings in the future.
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups,” de Blasio tweeted.
President Donald Trump has been a frequent critic of de Blasio’s sudden change of heart about using law enforcement to stop mass gatherings. He tweeted on Tuesday that NYC needed to call in the National Guard.
“The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast! Don’t make the same horrible and deadly mistake you made with the Nursing Homes,” said Trump.
Both Republicans and Democrats have called for de Blasio’s resignation because of his questionable handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the ongoing protests and riots that have engulfed New York City.
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