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NY Gov Cuomo Threatens to 'Close' Churches & Synagogues That Refuse to Obey His Order

New York governor blames religious institutions for COVID-19 spread

 on 6th October 2020 @ 3.00pm
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to close religious institutions that refuse to obey his orders

New York's Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, has threatened to "close" churches and synagogues that refuse to obey his COVID-19 order.

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo blamed religious institutions — specifically Jewish synagogues — for the spread of the Chinese virus, arguing they are not following his coronavirus restrictions.

“We know religious institutions have been a problem,” Cuomo said during a Monday press conference.

"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,” he continued.

“I don’t mean little violations."

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Gov. Cuomo's is blaming large gatherings in the Hasidic community for spread of COVID-19

“I’m talking about, you’re only supposed to have 50 outdoors, they had 1,000,” Cuomo continued, according to The Daily Caller.

The governor referred to photos from “the past couple of weeks,” calling the pictures “emblematic” of the mass religious gatherings occurring during the pandemic.


However, it appears the photos Cuomo referred to are from 2006 and show the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, according to Jewish Insider’s Jacob Kornbluh.

Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding the photos.

Cuomo said that he understood that closing down religious institutions can lead to “uncomfortable” situations, but that he will tell the Orthodox community on Tuesday: “If you’re not willing to live with these rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues.”

“I have had a 30-year relationship with the Orthodox community,” he added.

“It goes back to my father.

"I have a very close personal relationship with them.

"This is the last thing I want to do, forget the politics, I don’t care about that anymore.

"Personally, I don’t want to have this conversation. It’s a difficult conversation.

"And you’re right on the line of government intrusion on religion. So it’s hard.”

The New York governor also described how health department officials can help monitor whether religious institutions are following coronavirus restrictions.

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The Democrat governor is seemingly giving radical-left Black Lives Matter protests a free pass

Cuomo offered the example of a Nassau County Department of Health Official who is stationed in front of St. Peter’s church.

“The capacity is 150,” he said, speaking as a hypothetical state official running the task force.

"You stand at the front door.

"When they go over 75, you close the door and call me.

"And if you have any problem, the state police officer is down the block, and he will come help you.”

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