Cuomo, Covid, And Those Problem Religious Institutions
Cuomo, Covid, And Those Problem Religious Institutions
“On Sunday, with those fears growing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an emergency crackdown, saying that he intended to impose new restrictions in 20 hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens that have been experiencing rising positivity rates.”
These new restrictions would include shutting down public and private schools as well as many businesses across multiple zip codes. Hizzonor was very sad about having to make this announcement.
"Pending approval from the state of New York, starting Wednesday morning, public and nonpublic schools would be closed in these areas" pic.twitter.com/6ryTGrDx7f— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) October 4, 2020
According to de Blasio, schools must be closed because they are Petri dishes for Covid! Except that science has been telling us the opposite for MONTHS!
“Cuomo’s schools-only plan is just as absurd. We know that kids face a minuscule risk from the virus. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that babies, kids and teens account for roughly 5 percent of all confirmed cases, and 0.06 percent of all reported deaths — less than one-tenth of 1 percent. We also know kids transmit the virus at a lower rate than adults.
Plus, Gotham public schools only opened for in-person learning last week, certainly not enough time to show that they are the cause of any spread, despite Cuomo’s unscientific claim that the “virus mainly transmits” in schools.” [Emphasis Added]
Heck, de Blasio himself even admitted schools weren’t spreading the virus during his sad little press conference on Sunday!
In addition to parents and school kids, business owners weren’t too happy to hear about the upcoming lockdown edict. Some folks who had just hired new staff, would have to let them go. Restaurant owners who just spent thousands of dollars on non-refundable equipment that will enable them to have outdoor dining in the winter were understandably outraged at this.
Needless to say, the thought of shutting everything down again was resonating badly throughout the city. Oh wait! Here comes Governor Cuomo riding to the rescue! Sort of.
He won’t shut down the businesses. But he did order the schools to close starting today instead of Wednesday. But the real kicker? Those problematic churches and synagogues. They MUST CLOSE NOW.
“Religious gatherings. The city’s proposal does not close religious institutions. We know religious institutions have been a problem. 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. I don’t mean little violations. You’re only supposed to have 50, they had 55. I’m talking about, you’re only supposed to have 50 outdoors, they had one thousand. These are pictures from the past couple weeks. And these are just emblematic. You’ve seen pictures like this for weeks. What did you think was going to happen? What did you think was going to happen? Religious institutions are mass gatherings and raise the greatest potential. Its schools and its large mass gatherings. Schools frankly, because they’re students and that’s where our heart goes, our priority goes. But in terms of numbers, it’s large gatherings and large religious gatherings are large gatherings, these have been going on for weeks. You don’t see masks and you see clear violation of social distancing.”
In other words children, I am doing this for your own good. Never mind the fact that a majority of positive cases aren’t requiring hospitalization. Never mind the fact that hospitals have full bed and ICU capability and are NOT overwhelmed in any capacity. Nope, good ole Governor ‘nursing home’ Cuomo is here to tell you that trampling all over the First Amendment and our Constitutional rights is perfectly fine because VIRUS!
He even used photographic evidence to highlight the bad behavior of those problem religious institutions. They were really good photos of hundreds of people gathering against the rules.
About those photos…
Apparently the picture @NYGovCuomo put up in his presentation today of a “recent” large gathering in Satmar Kiryas Joel is from 2006 — the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum in Kiryas Joel! pic.twitter.com/CxGtHhyZUj— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) October 5, 2020
One photo from a funeral in 2006, and the photo on the right is from a gathering nearly two weeks ago in a zip code that isn’t on the current lockdown list.
That’s not a good look for a Governor who is gleefully trampling over religious institutions and disguising it as protecting us from a nasty virus. He even ignores the real data he himself publishes. Yesterday’s numbers, according to Cuomo show a 1.22% positive rate out of nearly 77,000 tests and only 636 hospitalized across the ENTIRE STATE.
Never mind that. Those churches and synagogues are the problem. Freedom of religion? Does not apply here according to Cuomo.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "I have to say to the Orthodox community tomorrow, 'If you're not willing to live with these rules, then I'm going to close the synagogues.'" pic.twitter.com/QWOPvZMbFI— The Hill (@thehill) October 5, 2020
Saving us all from a virus that will never go away is the justification de Blasio and Cuomo are using to stomp all over our Constitutional rights. The transcript of Cuomo’s press conference shows he is specifically targeting the Orthodox Jewish community. That should raise red flags everywhere.
It’s time, past time for the citizens of New York to stand up and tell de Blasio and Cuomo to take their rules and edicts and shove it.
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Feature Photo Credit: Cuomo caricature by DonkeyHotey via Flickr, cropped and modified