Believe it or not, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio actually thinks he has the power to stop the First Amendment because of coronavirus. While the illness is devastating the state of New York, de Blasio made it a priority to threaten places of worship and warn that they will be “permanently” and forcibly closed if they don’t comply with the dictatorial rule of the city’s government.
Conservative Treehouse wrote:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is officially attempting to establish himself as the United States first totalitarian dictator by announcing a revocation of all New York City citizen rights under the first amendment.
A stunning move.
“[Government] shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
In a stunning announcement Mayor de Blasio threatens that all religious services will be forcibly closed by city authorities “permanently” if they do not comply with the established dictates of city government.
Let us be clear, the government can request, suggest and recommend that faith-based assemblies suspend their services; and in many cases those churches and religious groups may indeed choose to suspend their services. However, under no circumstance, including: war, famine or virus pandemics that could leave only a hand-full of people alive, can the government force the suspension; or punish those who refuse to comply.
Religious worship, including the assembly therein, is enshrined within the first amendment as it carries the first and ultimate essential service. There is absolutely no situation where that right can be removed.
Obviously de Blasio is surrounded by far-left sycophants and members of the totalitarian state. However, there is no legal adviser who would ever inform an official, any official, that they carry the power to supersede the preeminent constitutional right of their citizens.
Worse still is the use of the word “permanently” when de Blasio announces his unconstitutional suspension of rights. The mayor threatens to permanently close buildings? What kind of mindset would even fathom forcing the permanent closure of houses of worship because they defy unconstitutional dictates from the state?
This decree by the New York mayor should alarm everyone.
Accept the removal of the primary right of U.S. citizens and there is no longer a country for coronavirus to infect. This is not a slippery slope; this is akin to voluntarily jumping directly into the abyss….
Watch de Blasio’s totalitarian remarks below: