New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vilified Christians and Jews as the state braces for the second wave of coronavirus infections.
“We know religious institutions have been a problem,” Governor Cuomo said. “We know mass gatherings are the super spreader events. We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks. For weeks.”
Pointing his finger directly at people of faith, the Democrat governor recently issued an executive order banning religious fellowship.
“If this latest executive order stands, parishioners won’t be able to go to Mass this Sunday, even though the Diocese has done everything right to ensure safe conditions in its churches,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn attorney Randy Mastro stated. “Thus, this religious community will be denied its most fundamental right — the free exercise of religion — for no legitimate reason whatsoever.”
The Democrat governor, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, has been quick to cry foul when secular people are not involved. The Big Apple was ravaged by protestors standing shoulder-to-shoulder as both left-wing politicians stood silent about those super-spreader incidents. Democrats across the country deemed the protests against police officers necessary and falsely claimed rioters would not cause a spike.
The unpopular New York mayor has been more than willing to allow rioters to attack police without consequence and punish people of faith for coming together in mourning and prayer. In April, Mayor de Blasio ordered police to arrest Jewish community members for participating in the funeral procession of a revered Rabbi.
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” de Blasio tweeted. “I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups.”
But New York City is now suffering an uptick in cases that ranks higher than many states. Rather than employ basic science, Cuomo has issued what amounts to a restraining order on religious gatherings that violates the U.S. Constitution. The New Cluster Action Initiative puts targets on the backs of Christians, Jews, and places of worship.
It seems counterintuitive that the New York Democrat did not once point to thousands-strong protests or Antifa rioters that have repeatedly spread the virus across cities and states. Instead, he tramples over constitutional religious rights by limiting churches and synagogues to a “10 people maximum” and prohibits “mass gatherings” such as funerals in so-called Red Zone clusters. But even in areas not considered hot spots, the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic order restricts houses of worship to only 25 people and outdoor gatherings to only 10 people.
“The governor’s new ‘Cluster Action Initiative’ is a completely arbitrary and astounding abuse of power, just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse,” special counsel to the Thomas More Society Christopher Ferrara said. “It is a blatant violation of our clients’ right to the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment, including their right to be free from such explicit and brazen religious discrimination.”
Everyday Americans have no illusions about the fact Christians and Jews are being targeted by left-wing extremist policies while rioters remain exempt.