New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is facing criticism from Senator Ted Cruz after he called for the New York Police Department to shut down an Orthodox Jewish school.
Cruz called for the Justice Department to look into the situation after de Blasio axed the school for violating the city’s social distancing orders when it opened.
Cruz Versus de Blasio
Republican Cruz took aim Democrat de Blasio for violating religious freedom and asked the DOJ to help the Jewish community.
“The next time NYC’s mayor sends out a gleeful tweet about sending cops after Jews, the DOJ should investigate to make sure he’s not violating constitutionally guaranteed religious liberties,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday.
The next time NYC's mayor sends out a gleeful tweet about sending cops after Jews, the DOJ should investigate to make sure he's not violating constitutionally guaranteed religious liberties. Actually, they should have done it after the last one. https://t.co/BU61pkh27y
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 19, 2020
Cruz also added: “Actually, they should have done it after the last one.”
“Earlier today the NYPD shut down a Yeshiva conducting classes with as many as 70 children,” de Blasio tweeted a day earlier. “I can’t stress how dangerous this is for our young people.”
Not only did he shut the school down but he said the city is issuing a cease a desist order against the school all in the name of safety.
Just About Safety?
I wonder why the mayor was not concerned about safety after New York governor Andrew Cuomo sent coronavirus patients back into nursing homes – ultimately killing dozens of people. But mums the word on this horrendous topic from the mainstream media and other top Democrats.
This was not the first incident involving the Jewish community during the coronavirus pandemic that Cruz called de Blasio out on. Just last month Cruz wrote a letter to the DOJ asking “to closely monitor New York City” for possible “constitutional violations” especially concerning religious discrimination relating to the Jewish community.
The senator’s warning came after a large crowd gathered for a funeral of a Hasidic Orthodox rabbi. De Blasio was one of the spear headers for making the crowd disperse.
“My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed,” the mayor said afterward.
He threatened to fine and arrest anyone who dared to go against his order to disperse.
Religious Freedom Still Exists
It makes you wonder if de Blasio would have the same haughty reaction towards other religious communities such as Muslims. My guess would be no.
Antisemitism has been on the rise, and violent attacks on Jews have been increasing the past few months.
Many critics asked why the mayor would say the things he did and suggested he was just inflaming violence against Jews.
The First Amendment freedoms are under attack by many Democrat governors, and the Jewish school saw this first hand. It should be interesting to see if the DOJ decides to bring justice to religious communities in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns.