The orthodox jews of New York have long enjoyed having politicians at their mercy and whim, but due to COVID-19, things have changed… At least for now. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is having none of the usual “blind eye turning” and wrist slapping! He’s speaking out against synagogues who have remained open despite requests to close in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
While the majority of synagogues have closed in accordance with city orders, others have stayed open. De Blasio warned the Jewish community that synagogues that continue to defy coronavirus regulations and hold services may be permanently shut down.
“We’ve had extraordinary, across the board, rabbinical support from all the different elements of the Jewish community. 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.”
It was also stated that police officers have instructions to break up services if the faithful do not comply. The city “will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”
This goes for christians too, “Christian worshipers can expect the same treatment as well as the same consequences,” he said.
Many religious people believe that their faith excuses them from any responsibility for the health and well-being of their fellow neighbor. Mayor De Blasio disagrees and so do I.