Friday, April 3, 2020

The De Blasio "Shutter Churches" Clip?

Some people are insisting that the video clip is out of context.  The Daily Wire has a transcript:
We’ve had extraordinary support from the leaders of major Christian denominations. We’ve had extraordinary across the board, rabbinical support from all the different elements of the Jewish community, and the same is true other faiths as well. A small number – a small number of religious communities, specific churches, specific synagogues are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s been so widespread.

So, I want to say to all those who are preparing 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. I don’t say that with any joy. It’s the last thing I would like to do because I understand how important people’s faiths are to them, and we need our faiths in this time of crisis, but we do not need gatherings that will endanger people.
No – no faith tradition endorses anything that endangers the members of that faith. So, the NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department, and everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation, they’ll 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. Again, that will begin this weekend. Again, I’m sorry I have to tell you this, but anyone who’s hearing this take it seriously. You’ve been warned, you need to stop services, help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that could endanger people.

Out of context.  No.  This is just Democrats trying to hide their fascist leaders.


  1. So it's okay if hundreds of people get together and spread the disease?

    I'm a Christian and my church is shut - the whole diocese is shut.

    All rights sometimes come in conflict, and in this case, it's public safety that's at risk.

    So while I hate to agree with the Dimowitz that are running New York, I have to on this. And I don't consider it fascism.

    BUT... if the church practices social distancing in keeping with mandates - then they should be okay. I doubt that distinction will be in force.

  2. It is a bad idea, and no church around here is meeting, but he won't shut down subways, so he is not serious.