Skip to comments.Jewish, Catholic Groups Sue NY State Amid Crackdown on Religious Gatherings, Schools
Posted on 10/16/2020 6:21:50 PM PDT by marshmallow
Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing the state and Gov. Cuomo, saying he engaged in a "streak of anti-Semitic discrimination," while NYC churches alleged in a separate suit that they are being unfairly punished
Three Rockland County Jewish congregations are suing New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying he engaged in a streak of anti-Semitic discrimination with a recent crackdown on religious gatherings to reduce the states coronavirus infection rate.
The Manhattan federal court lawsuit filed late Wednesday accused the Democrat of making negative, false, and discriminatory statements about the Jewish Orthodox community as he imposed new coronavirus measures to counter the states rising infection rate in so-called red zone areas.
Cuomos statements and actions were painful for residents in an area north of New York City where a man invaded a Hanukkah celebration in December and stabbed or slashed five people, the lawsuit said. Grafton Thomas awaits trial after pleading not guilty.
The attack occurred in Monsey near the New Jersey state line about 35 miles north of New York City where two congregations in the new lawsuit are based.
The state said six coronavirus clusters in areas comprising 2.8 percent of the states population have appeared in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as Broome, Orange and Rockland counties, necessitating the closing of schools and nonessential businesses and limits on gatherings.
The new measures announced Oct. 6 have resulted in temporarily limiting the size of religious gatherings in the COVID-19 hot spots to 25 percent capacity, or a maximum of 10 people.
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No diocesan priests or bishops dared to join the suit for fear of losing govenment funding.
::No diocesan priests or bishops dared to join the suit for fear of losing govenment funding.::
The bishop of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order. It was denied by the court the other day, saying that the Brooklyn Catholics weren't affected:
In his decision, Komitee wrote that Cuomos executive order was actually aimed at houses of worship in the Orthodox Jewish community and that the diocese "appears to have been swept up in that effort having been mostly spared, so far at least, from the problem at hand."
Punitively denying government funding over a lawsuit and demonstrations is ipso fatso a violation of the due process equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, and of course the first amendment. The fact that they fear this is all the more reason for the government to stop funding everything.
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