(Liberty Bell) – The useless mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, is threatening to permanently shut down any churches who don’t comply with the city’s stringent shutdown order.
In case you thought your religious freedoms and private property rights couldn't be infringed:
— AJ (@TampaBayAJ) March 28, 2020
Perhaps unsurprisingly, de Blasio seemed to single out synagogues and churches, conveniently omitting any mention of mosques.
“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,” the notoriously Marxist mayor said.
While he stressed that he doesn’t take “any joy” in such a blatant disregard for his citizen’s First Amendment rights, but that nonetheless “We do not need gatherings that will endanger people.”
The NYPD, Fire Department, and Buildings Department have all been instructed to confront religious officials if they see any kind of worship services going on and inform them they need to cease the service 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 widely unpopular mayor declared. “You need to stop services. Help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that can endanger people.”
He made these comments during a press conference on Friday.
While it’s hard to argue that New York City has been, and will continue to be, the epicenter of the United States’ COVID-19 outbreak, de Blasio himself is largely to blame.
As of Sunday, 776 people had died from the disease in the city and over 33,000 cases had been confirmed within the five boroughs.
BizPac Review explains:
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
Of course, de Blasio has done nothing to take account for his highly irresponsible behavior.
But boy, is he being called out:
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