In a win for religious freedom advocates, a federal judge ruled that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) are wrong to limit religious gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic while at the same time supporting mass protests of racial injustice.
"We are pleased that Judge Sharpe was able to see through the sham of Governor Cuomo's 'Social Distancing Protocol' which went right out the window as soon as he and Mayor de Blasio saw a mass protest movement they favored taking to the streets by the thousands," Thomas More Society Special Counsel Christopher Ferrara said in a news release.
"Suddenly, the limit on 'mass gatherings' was no longer necessary to 'save lives,'" Ferrara added. "Yet they were continuing to ban high school graduations and other outdoor gatherings exceeding a mere 25 people. This decision is an important step toward inhibiting the suddenly emerging trend of exercising absolute monarchy on pretext of public health. What this kind of regime really meant in practice is freedom for me, but not for thee."
New York Gov. Cuomo and NYC Major de Blasio encouraged mass protests while restricting religious gatherings, and a federal judge has called foul.https://t.co/19jjGURZnT— The Federalist (@FDRLST) June 26, 2020
PROTESTS, NO PRAYERS? Federal Judge Says Cuomo, De Blasio ‘Exceeded Authority’ on Religious Services https://t.co/ALlsp9aIQs— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 26, 2020
Fed. judge also enjoins Cuomo and de Blasio from enforcing any limitation for outdoor gatherings so long as participants in such gatherings follow social distancing requirements.— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) June 26, 2020
The basis of this part of the ruling was the favoritism Cuomo and de Blasio gave to BLM protesters. pic.twitter.com/6y1577dkEP
The Judge said, "Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment." pic.twitter.com/DIiiXRGwmt— Trending Politics (@Trend_Politics) June 26, 2020
Read the preliminary injunction below.