New York Mayor Bill deBlasio Announces Immediate Government Suspension of First Amendment…

New York Mayor Bill deBlasio 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 deBlasio 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. WATCH:

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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….

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400 Responses to New York Mayor Bill deBlasio Announces Immediate Government Suspension of First Amendment…

  1. IT Mike says:

    What would you have said on New Year’s Day 2020 if I told you that my New Year’s resolution was, before April 1st, 2020 that Americans:
    Would not be able to assemble in groups of 10 or more. Including: all schools, protests, sporting events, churches, restaurants, travel & public transit, jobs, concerts, election campaign events, weddings and most any public or private gathering except maybe hospitals.
    Would not be able to obtain permits to buy guns and if a person had a permit, the gun shops would be closed to sell guns.
    Would have to present ID and give purposes of travel between individual states or even counties within states.
    Businesses including restaurants would be forced to close by government decree resulting in massive layoffs, job losses and unemployment. Businesses would voluntarily change the products they produce or be forced to change by the government.
    Would see a massive shortage of goods and rationing of food and paper products. Rationing of medical supplies and medical beds in hospitals would become normal.
    Would see government surveillance to ensure the enforcement of the previously outlined restrictions with penalties of fines, jail, loss of power & or water, and property.
    Would be able to call tip lines and log into websites to report people who are disobeying any of the previously outlined restrictions.
    Individuals, organizations, or media outlets who express dissatisfaction about the previously outlined restrictions would be censored.
    Would see the US Government along with State & Local Governments place restrictions outlined above as suspensions to the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Amendments to the US Constitution all at the same time by “emergency powers” with no Due Process and no consensus of how long these suspensions will last.
    If I told you on January 1st 2020, all of this would be in place coast to coast in the United States of America before April 1st 2020, what would you have said? And yet, it is not even April 1st 2020 and everything outlined above is true in one place or another in the United States of America.

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    • X XYZ says:

      It was predicted 50 years ago and we have now reached the tipping point. It didn’t take much to set the dominoes in motion.

      “Dominoes? What’s that?” (Kids, go Google it)

      To paraphrase president 0: If you like your police state, you can keep your police state.

      To quote a framer who was never a president: At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Franklin was queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. In the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention, a lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy.” Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.”

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    • Nan says:

      Trump already made gun manufacturing and retail gun shops neccessary. The churches I’m aware of that have closed, closed a few weeks ago when the Bishops decided they were closing.

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      • Georgia says:

        Catholic Church is full of infiltrated in NWO Communists and Masons, Pecorelli’s list named many of them and he was murdered soon after releasing it, they are basically “running” the Vatican and have the UN NWO types there all the time now — this is a fact. The Vatican closed everything down on Pope F’s Orders immediately– which he of course later tried to deny but there was written evidence. He is now all about keeping things closed down for as long as possible and has come out for that– all about destroying the World/USA Economy to usher in the NWO/Socialist “Agenda” they have all planned out — One Word Government, One World Religion. No thanks.

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    • mike says:

      Responsibility. How to responsibly exercise all the original rights has always been a mental challenge.

      Today, prudent people who wish to assemble are confronted by a need to address the coronavirus for self- and others’ preservation, but it is not the first time. Just with more formal biological knowledge (society wide anyway), more risk aversion, and less personal experience.

      The Libertarians sometimes offer analyses of social and legal interactions in a free, property based society. Now would be a good opportunity for such a dread disease analysis. Overhyped but still highly infectious, with potentially permanent damage, and excessively deadly, with treatments known, unknown and unacknowledged, people prudent and not, what are sharp exercises of rights. How does an immune challenged, prudent person react to other decisions and different social situations?

      Obiviously a 10 feet or 10 mm individualist rule for virons is not going to work well beyond rustic environs, and strict liability is a lawyers wet dream…

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    • M W Smith says:

      I would have said your real name was Mr B. Sanders

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    • Seneca the Elder says:

      IT Mike- here’s another one to add to your list.

      https://pjmedia.com/trending/ghoulish-christians-arrested-for-praying-outside-nc-abortion-clinic-deemed-essential-who-will-be-next/

      I don’t know that our Republic can survive another month of this Gestapo-like repression.

      Wouldn’t it be better to start reopening the States where there is relatively low risk? Why are we back to facing another month of this insanity? Face it- none of us are immortal. We are going to die someday.

      Most of us are more likely to die from a car accident, heart disease, cancer, etc. than the Chi Com Flu.
      What really scares me is when they cut the cord on the internet and we lose our Free Speech entirely. Then what?

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      • IT Mike says:

        Since I live in NC, this saddens me even more. I very much dislike our extreme liberal Gov. Like during a hurricane, if you don’t live on the Outer Banks, don’t try to go to there or you will be stopped at the county line by roadblocks. Tip lines to turn in your neighbors? This does sound Gestapo / Stalin like doesn’t it! It amazes me how people are willingly throwing away their freedoms even for the greater good. Like sheep led to the slaughter. We need cases like what is happening in Greensboro to get to the Supreme Court so this can’t happen again. America will be dimmer because of this “crisis”.

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      • cheering4america says:

        Saw this this morning:

        https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak

        The scary part: eight people who were at the rehearsal said that nobody there was coughing or sneezing or appeared ill.

        Total agree with your lasts line, and have been thinking about how isolated we will then be, both physically AND electronically.

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      • William H Gilkerson says:

        It’s already cut. You cant say things offending the swamp. Posts removed. As for your searches………algorithms take care of that.

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    • John Taylor says:

      We are ripe for the plucking, I’m just waiting for the Man of Sin to step up and claim his prize.

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    • son of liberty says:

      We are now living in the USSR – time for patriots to prepare to reestablish the U.S. Constitution and our constitutional republic. Dictators must be dealt with harshly.

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    • D, Vertter says:

      IT Mike is erudite with historical prospective of author of THE ROAD TO SERFDOM by
      “F.A, Hayek (1899-1992) who taught at the University of London, University of Chicago, and the University of Frieburg (Germany), He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974 and the Medal of Feedom in 1971”. First published in in England in March 10, 1944. I recommend all first year economic and political science students to read and study this intellectual book alerting one to he progressive migration toward the totalitarian and socialist state.
      D,R,Vet

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  2. Genie says:

    Poor Weird Al Yankovic; once a loud pop star, now an interpreter for the deaf for a weird loud dictatomayor.

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  3. bruzedorange says:

    DeBlasio will not only defend this move legally… he will defend it using Attorney General Barr’s own reasoning–and maybe successfully.

    Speaking last November before the Federalist Society, Barr defended the President’s travel ban against overreaching lower court judges who were usurping Trump’s executive authority. I can logically imagine DeBlasio defending his decision using Barr’s own words below:

    “In recent years, we have lost sight of the fact that many critical decisions in life are not amenable to the model of judicial decision-making. They cannot be reduced to tidy evidentiary standards and specific quantums of proof in an adversarial process. They require what we used to call prudential judgment. They are decisions that frequently have to be made promptly, on incomplete and uncertain information and necessarily involve weighing a wide range of competing risks and making predictions about the future. Such decisions frequently call into play the “precautionary principle.” This is the principle that when a decision maker is accountable for discharging a certain obligation – such as protecting the public’s safety – it is better, when assessing imperfect information, to be wrong and safe, than wrong and sorry.”
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-william-p-barr-delivers-19th-annual-barbara-k-olson-memorial-lecture

    I’ll leave it to our legally trained minds (my mind being barely house-trained) to explain whether or not these arguments can be applied to a Mayor’s executive powers over his city.

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    • sharon goodson says:

      Where is our “Civil Rights” Leaders ready to march for our First Amendment? Blood should be shed over this.

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    • QuiAudetVincit says:

      The first reason that comes to mind is that DeBlasio’s decision of permanently closing churches that violate the order would not be the snap decision, made with imperfect information, that AG Barr describes. It would require going through due process, seizure proceedings, etc. after that initial decision is made.

      Also note the difference between the powers vested in the President (under most readings, plenary in cases of congressional empowerment and broad, if undefined, without that empowerment) and the powers vested in the mayor.

      To add to this, Barr’s context involves discussion of an area that is ill-defined (the process due to those attempting to enter the country) versus the law governing religious liberty.

      I’m sure more will come to me as I drift off to sleep tonight, haha.

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      • sturmudgeon says:

        BTW.. Where IS Barr these days?? Busy escorting miscreants to jail, is he?

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        • paulyho39 says:

          Good question! Can’t figure out if he’s hiding out…or what! At least I think it’s good that he’s not preening in front of TV cameras all the time!

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          • jello333 says:

            There’s still the hope that Durham has been putting together strong cases against some of the conspirators, and there was reason to think we’d be hearing big news in the Spring. But as far as I’m concerned, I now hope Barr/Durham DELAYS any action for a bit. Because if it happened right now, even if some big names are involved it would still be partly overshadowed by the virus/shutdown stuff.

            We’ve waited this long… we can wait a little longer.

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    • bruzedorange says:

      I do believe the mayor’s statement “…potentially closing the building permanently” will be Constitutionally problematic, though I’m sure that there are established NYC laws which allow that method of enforcement if the building’s owner repeatedly refuses to comply (think closing gay bath houses in the ’80s).

      IMHO, it is not a legal case Christians want to see tried, pitting the public’s health against the First Amendment. Even the most narrow ruling in favor of public health would open a crack that progressive legal jackhammers would repeatedly attempt to widen.

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      • wondering999 says:

        The bathhouses took forever to close during the AIDS epidemic. The city already knew early in 1981 that AIDS was transmitted between gay partners. It was a long time before the government acted on what the medical people knew.

        My theory at the time was that the bathhouses (like many other establishments in NYC) was mafia-managed.

        Politicians did not want to cross the mafia so long as the mafia was unwilling to shut down the bathhouses that made money for them.

        Quite a few people had to become ill and die before the *real* powers in NYC were willing to close the bathhouses. It took longer than that to get Universal Precautions and PPE into place.

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        • paulyho39 says:

          But…a big difference is in the fact that those “bath houses” were actually sources of where the disease was spread…what went on in them was promoting the disease…whereas…churches do not carry on activities that promote this virus…and if people are careful in their behavior in a church building…they will not get…or spread the disease! There is NO comparison in this “order” to close churches!!

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          • gildie says:

            Another difference was the closing of gay bathhouses would have been used by the
            mayor’s political enemies and gays themselves as being anti-gay, homophobe, etc.
            Thousands caught AIDS & died because Koch didn’t have the fortitude to do the right thing.

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          • wondering999 says:

            Daughter just sent me a text about a choir that caught the virus en masse, suggesting that there was airborne transmission.

            I just don’t know. There is so much about this entire scenario that smells dishonest, hinky and weird… Yes there are “social distancing” practices that could have reduced flu transmission in earlier years tremendously. But we didn’t do them. It seems more like this is cover for surveillance state establishment

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          • wondering999 says:

            Churches have been the center for revolutionary change in many places. First in ancient Rome (which was why Nero suppressed Christianity); more recently during the Civil Rights Era in the United States (Rev. King and Ebenezer Baptist Church); in Poland during the Solidarity Protests… and if the churches are active, maybe there will be more virus transmission… and maybe there will be revolution over what has been going on?

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      • Chip Doctor says:

        The church is not a building. Commie DeBlassio might stop a building from being used, but he cannot stop the church. No one can. Look at China, Iran and other countries where the Christian church is growing like crazy. I am the church, you are the church, we are the church.

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        • andre says:

          So true, the church is a body, and that body is unified in spirit, not location. Our church continues and I believe is getting stronger, despite the fact that we are not meeting in our building. Some things are online and some mission activities, such as feeding those in need an evangelism continue. This crisis is not bigger than God.

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        • Fools Gold says:

          Bingo. Also a lot of us support the 2a and want give up that right either. That’s my promise to myself.

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      • Concerned Patriot says:

        It isn’t just that De Blasio’s advisers are hard-leftists, nor is it just the implications for the First Amendment. He also surrounds himself with rabid anti-Semites, especially within the Muslim community, which keys in to his specifically targeting synagogues for permanent closure. One of his big buddies is Islamic supremacist and Sharia advocate Linda Sarsour. With these kinds of connections, you can see that he will not make similar threats against mosques.

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    • law4lifeblog says:

      Bruzedorange, there is no constitutional right for foreigners to enter the US. The situations are not comparable. At all.

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    • MustangBlues says:

      ”’bruzedorange says:
      March 29, 2020 at 9:38 pm
      DeBlasio will not only defend this move legally… he will defend it using Attorney General Barr’s own reasoning–and maybe successfully.”

      Nice Try: Ha!! Just Red Herring. Straw Man, Shiny Object. Gas Lighting Vapors!!

      It will not be settled in a court in this round. JUST see what happens when an African American Church Service is interrupted and its congregation members on a worship day, Arrested!!

      And number two: just watch what happens when a Muslim Congregation is Prevented from
      Gathering to Worship on their Holy Days. Serious enforcement issue, and hell to pay when enacted.

      Well, this edict from Herr deblasio must only apply to White Christian European Religious Churches: Now open season targets for the communist democrat atheists.

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    • Nan says:

      It’s not the same thing; the travel bans are restrictions to all for reasons such as 1) safety and 2) public heath. Here, we have an overreach because a) he’s threatening religious people ahead of time rather than responding to a situation and b) he’s calling for permanent closure.

      The two situations are not equivalent because A. President Trump is the commander in chief; as such, his executive powers include national security which encompasses travel, immigration and public health. Kaiser Wilhelm, not so much; knowing that there are devout Jews and Christians in NYC, and that both Passover and Easter are nigh, he’s improperly using the powers of his office to threaten the religious for their religion. Those threats are a violation of the first amendment in that they prohibit 1) a. establishment of religion; b. free, exercise of religion, and 2) peacable assembly.

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    • jpattitude says:

      So your argument is to say that De Blasio’s unconstitutional overreach is somehow Trump’s fault, because Trump’s AG made an argument somewhere that might be construed to defend what De Blasio did. You’ve been watching too much CNN.

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    • jpattitude says:

      So your argument is to say that De Blasio’s unconstitutional overreach is somehow Trump’s fault, because Trump’s AG made an argument somewhere that might be construed to defend what De Blasio did. You’ve been watching too much CNN.

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      • bruzedorange says:

        jpattitude, though this post is positionally a reply to yours, please do not think that I am responding specifically to you. This is a more general, “tree-wide” observation…

        I’m saddened that our treehouse comments section–usually an additional source of content and insight–seems to be devolving under these current stresses into a reactionary venting salon.

        It’s especially ironic that this is happening when most of us have MORE TIME than usual to carefully read, reflect, then thoughtfully articulate our replies.

        Earlier in this thread, I offered a prediction (with no hint of approval) of how NYC Mayor de Blasio might defend his provocatively worded statement. I am confident a politically wounded de Blasio would not have read that statement without serous legal counsel backing him up. I wanted to understand more.

        So I posted my prediction as an educement to treepers with legal expertise to weigh in on the topic, because at that time in the evening, I had found no legally objective critiques among our treehouse comments–only visceral reactions.

        There is a natural entropy which, over time, diminishes the quality of every comment section on the web. The temptation is there to simply settle for venting our frustrations, until the “I”s of Ideas and Information are displaced by a glut of exclamation points.

        Fellow treepers, can we not push back against this entropy with our own resistance movement?

        Let us make choices which elevate our discourse. As iron sharpens iron, let our words be sound rather than empty, and our speech seasoned with grace. Let our posts make contribution to the community, rather than flinging the poo of accusation beneath our treehouse forest canopy. Like our nation’s forefathers, let us aspire to educate and inspire one another, as once again in history, the prevailing global order is being challenged by citizen-leaders in America. Now is the time to bring our best.

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  4. lgstarr says:

    A VERY conservative friend, now in his early 80’s responsded thusly:

    “I am not sure the Constitution prohibits De Blasio from closing the houses of warship under the circumstances. The article deliberately misstates the First amendment. It is:

    “Congress shall make no law….” The article says “Government shall make no law…”

    The mayor is not congress; and, unless the Supremes have ruled that the First Amendment is incorporated by the 14th Amendment, then it has no force on the Mayor. So, there would have to be other legislation prohibiting his edict.”

    I don’t know how to reply.

    –Linda

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    • QuiAudetVincit says:

      Both religion clauses have been incorporated to the states. See Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947) (incorporating the Establishment Clause); Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940) (incorporating the Free Exercise Clause). There is a small, vocal minority opposing this incorporation (i.e., Justice Thomas and other strict textualists).

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    • VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

      Freedom of worship; religious liberty]

      §3. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed in this state to all humankind; and no person shall be rendered incompetent to be a witness on account of his or her opinions on matters of religious belief; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of this state. (Amended by vote of the people November 6, 2001.)

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    • jazzbogie says:

      42 U.S.C. Section 1983
      Google it.

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    • jazzbogie says:

      42 U.S.C. Section 1983
      Google it.

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    • jazzbogie says:

      42 U.S.C. Section 1983
      Google it.

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    • ZC says:

      That’s the point. Congress makes the laws. Nobody else. The mayor is not part of Congress, therefore he cannot make his own law. Otherwise, you’d have mayors outlawing certain religions and then invoking the argument that the Constitution doesn’t say explicitly that they cannot do it. It’s bad reasoning. No disrespect to your older friend, but there is not an argument there.

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    • Kent Clizbe says:

      The Federal government is organized in three branches:

      Legislative: makes the laws.
      Executive: enforces the laws.
      Judicial: interprets the laws.

      The Executive was NOT designed to issue edicts with the force of law. Since Lincoln, it has seized that power, and increased the use of that power.

      But that’s not the way our system was designed.

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    • Warrior says:

      The Sundance contention that churches have some sort of absolute right to remain open in an emergency is simply legally incorrect. The First Amendment has long been interpreted to establish the governments ability to make time, place aNd manner restrictions.

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  5. KnowSERENoFear says:

    Ummmm…the first Amendment is NOT a constitutional right…rather it’s a constitutional enumeration prohibiting the federal government from interfering with the NATURAL RIGHTS of speech, press, religion, assemble, and petition. “Constitutional rights” denote rights created by men and therefore can be deleted by men. Please don’t fall into the trap of calling ANY of the rights mentioned in the first 10 Amendments as “Constitutional Rights”….they are NATURAL RIGHTS…given by GOD….NOT by man…and can NOT be taken by man.

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  6. Jus wundrin says:

    My church has elected to hold services by live feed. When the weather gets warmer, the plan is to have folks show up in cars and listen to the service outside.

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  7. MickJt says:

    Let us put it this way. No Government Official has any authority to deny our rights under the Constitution, especially a low grade moron like Bill deBlasio!

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  8. icthematrix says:

    The only way churches challenge this is for the pastor or elders choosing to defy it. Churches nearly everywhere have discontinued services to try and comply with current requests. Easter will be extraordinary difficult…our Holiest Day of the church year! How many churches will dare conduct a service with people attending, even if it is outdoors with people 10’ apart? Too many mainline church organizations have succumbed to the STATE already. I appreciate online messages and music, but that is not a community of worship. I don’t want anyone to be infected, but surely there are ways to share in Holy Week without total isolation?

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    • X XYZ says:

      Catacombs?
      Shh. Don’t tell Emperor DiBlasio I mentioned that.

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    • Nan says:

      While only the priest and a cantor are at my parish for the liturgy at this time, remember that Jesus said if two or three of you gather in my name, I’m there; the two at the church stand in for all of us so we’re all there. And the Cathedral is live-streaming. I hate this especially since I dont see how our Easter baskets get blessed this year

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      • Phil says:

        I’ve been reading obednitsa at home for the past few weeks. Now that Trump extended the lockdown till the end of April, I guess I’ll have to forgo communion this Pascha. No Paschal basket blessing for me either.

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      • Garavaglia says:

        Your not there if your not there.

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  9. theoldgoat says:

    The left have always been prone to lean toward fascism. Scratch a liberal and you will find a fascist at heart.

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  10. TwoLaine says:

    If the press pool can sit in a room with the President of the United States, SURELY WE CAN GO TO CHURCH!

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  11. Whitehouse Clown says:

    There will be at least one church that will defy Blowhole.

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  12. hawkins6 says:

    It will be sometime before new photos of a church service like this are taken. 2 NY churches with the most attendance among the thousands churches in NY are Brooklyn Tabernacle and the Christian Cultural Center. Each had over 10,000 attendees pre-Covid-19. Billions of dollars are exchanged in the Mega Churches across the USA. I guess this loss of revenue is not in the Pay packages.

    The short video clip doesn’t confirm that mosques are also closed but they must be included. This might rile any Jihadi that is secretly lingering in the greater Muslim non-Jihadi population.

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  13. Trump2020 says:

    These Democrats are having “round the clock” wet dreams over the thought of all this control and oppression that they can wield during this time.

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  14. JimFromNH says:

    Recall the Mayor…
    If BY DECREE he is breaking his existing contract with the people of NYC, De Blasio needs to be requested to step down.
    He’s disrespecting his city by trying to assume new powers.

    This is a guy ran for President part-time while serving as mayor.
    Perhaps he could have done more to protect his jurisdiction, had he not been trying to satisfy his empty political dream all those months.
    Or maybe now he’s just terrified that his history of past smoking & drug abuse makes him more susceptible for respiratory complications due to COVID19.

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  15. dufrst says:

    DeBlasio should immediately be removed from office! That he can say something so brazen with no challenge by the media is sickening. His next press conference should hold him to account for his words, but alas the media are perhaps in agreement with him. We shall never be a people ruled. Houses of worship should proceed with their first amendment rights and see what state we are living in. If people want to assemble to worship and can exercise appropriate social distancing then let it be. I wish the President would note this and speak out against this senseless garbage that routinely comes from this gawd awful mayor!

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  16. X XYZ says:

    I decided to review the video clip before responding. It’s a very short clip (thank God). I suggest that everyone else view it, too.

    What did this communist mayor say BEFORE mentioning his threat about permanent closures?

    Did you notice? He said the F word. (OMG!) He said the F word? What word was THAT?!?

    FINES. What does any authoritarian government run on?. Money. What do all socialist economies run on? Money.

    What is a shakedown? What is coercion? What does the mob always do? What does government also do?
    Tell me the difference, if you can. Betcha can’t.

    What? No difference? You have a choice. Pay up or we break your legs. Do it or we close your business. Sometimes something even worse might happen. Bad things might happen. Do it, OR ELSE!

    Or else WHAT???
    No problem. You don’t wanna know about that. Just pay our protection fee and we’ll let you operate until next week. Our enforcers will just go down the block and muscle the next house of worship and see how much they are willing to pay to stay open. We’ll pretend not to notice, as a professional courtesy to you. BTW, our cops will be back to see you again and collect from you again – next week. Just remember – it’s a state law now. You can’t put the cash in plastic bags any more when you hand it over to us. Just think of it as mandatory insurance. Like Obamacare. We’re protecting you and keeping everyone safe from anything bad that might happen.

    You mean there is corruption in NY City? OMG! Who ever would have suspected that?

    It’s an old NY tradition. It’s not corrupt. it’s just business as usual.

    Whew! Thank God such things only happen in NY – not in NJ, or Boston, or Miami, or Chicago, or Vegas, or LA, or…

    Yeah. Any further questions?

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  17. Joe Burzell says:

    The mayor is having a real problem with certain Hasidic congregations not complying with social distancing. There are documented COVID clusters in at least two Brooklyn neighborhoods. When infected people then think they can just go about business as usual, you get a spike in cases in NYC.

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  18. Thomas Holsinger says:

    This is not true. An official exercising martial law can close any gathering. Which officials can declare a state of martial law in a given area depends on the law there. I know state governors always can. I don’t know whether Mayor De Blasio can do so for New York City. But Governor Cuomo could certainly declare martial law in New York City and close all public gatherings there. He won’t for lots of reasons, but lack of power is not one of those.

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    • efilnikcufecin101 says:

      I want t know what mindset Elects these freaks n geeks(Diblasio n Cuomo) etc. to office I the first place!! My word, exercise a LITTLE restraint and do a little research on these morons and see they are crooked as the old mans smile ever was!

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  19. IGiveUp says:

    I wonder why the churches and temples and mosques don’t voluntarily close. The Vatican, for example, did–The Pope will hold Easter services inside St. Peters without the public present.

    The gov’t has no right to demand it but they should certainly point out how dangerous it is for people to congregate these days for religious services.Further, the religious organizations have an obligation to provide safe surroundings. There is no virtue in being dumb, but if dummies insist on crowding together at church or mosque or temple during a time of epidemic, have at it. Just don’t infect the rest of us.

    God doesn’t appreciate dummies either.

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  20. Pokey says:

    DeBlasio is another useless communist clown, just like the Cuomo family. I am tired of watching New York politicians who think being a leader involves using more spittle in speeches. Why can’t anyone in the media leave town to find someone to interview or listen to? 🙂

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  21. Magabear says:

    What kind of mindset would considering doing this you ask? A communist one, that’s what.

    If every religious freedom organization doesn’t immediately file suit against this communist mayor, then we truly are left to the wolves. I trust, or at least hope, we see the court docket filled up with lawsuits tomorrow morning.

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  22. I Will Not Comply says:

    Are the mosques included?

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  23. JimFromNH says:

    On Feb.9, 2020, DeBlasio’s health commissioner Oxiris Barbot posted a tweet on February 9 urging citizens to flock to Chinatown in large numbers to celebrate the Lunar New Year while suggesting that advice to avoid crowds was “misinformation”.
    “I want to remind everyone to enjoy the parade and not change any plans due to misinformation spreading about #coronavirus,” she wrote.

    On the same day, Mark D. Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee, lauded how “huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown” was a “powerful show of defiance of #coronavirus scare,”

    Today, both still work for New York City as before, despite DeBlasio’s crazed amplification.

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  24. Steve F says:

    If this pandemic goes on much longer, Americans will realize that they are Americans and the deranged politicians like this one, Pelosi, Schumer, AOC, Sanders, and the rest of that ilk will be long gone come re-election… “the times they are a changin'”

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    • Nowut Ameen says:

      If the pandemic goes on much longer, Americans will forget that they are Americans and the deranged politicians …will be re-elected….”

      There, fixed it for ya.
      ☹️

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  25. The Devilbat says:

    Well well, we can finally call Bill deBlasio a racist which he calls anyone who insults muslims (not that Islam is a race). There are 175 mosques in New York City so there are going to be a lot of highly enraged and very emotional muslims come Friday if they have their big prayer meetings forcibly cancelled by Bolshevik Bill. Maybe they will cut his head off?

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  26. efilnikcufecin101 says:

    No person or power aside from God has the right to take away free speech. Not POTUS Trump not Diblimpio not anyone. I see a lot of bloodshed in Americas future if this crap continues.
    KAG

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  27. Chilidog says:

    The right to assemble has already been suspended. Why should churches be exempt?

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  28. Monadnock says:

    And with that, any chance of a higher political office for DeBlasio’s went up in smoke.

    Jackwagon.

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  29. Ray Caruso says:

    De Blasio, Pelosi, and other liberals are domestic enemies whom Trump should have arrested. In fact, he not only should but must. It’s his sworn duty.

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    • When I read Sundance’s laying out of his arguments above, toward the end I felt the next sentence should be, more or less, “DeBlasio needs to be removed from office, immediately”. Instead, Sundance wrote, “This decree by the New York mayor should alarm everyone.”

      I was going to comment just this, until I happened to read your comment just before — where you lay it on President Trump to do it. Wouldn’t you know it, though I agree with your instincts in wanting to see the immediate removal of DeBlasio, I see some significant daylight between your particular solution and what I think is a better way (along the lines of showing personal responsibility, the “personal” in this case being on the part of New Yorkians (?) themselves).

      DeBlasio’s power overreach should be understood by everyone, ESPECIALLY everyone in the state he “leads”, as unconscionable, insupportable, insufferable.

      It is not on President Trump — yet — to remove DeBlasio. New York needs to step up to its own responsibility, and RECALL him, and then further consider prosecuting him for a “high crime”. Trump should give them that chance, THEN step in if they refuse to do it.

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  30. dayallaxeded says:

    This is a classic “yell fire in a packed theatre” albeit a manufactured one. It’s in the false basis and overreach (permanent sanctions?!) that the tyranny becomes clear.

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  31. Kerry_On says:

    To the citizens of NYC. He’s YOURS! YOU elected him. You wanted it… you GOT it! Have fun with that.

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  32. littleanniefannie says:

    Blathering Bill, Goober Garcetti, Witless Whitmire and Ignorant Inslee all believe themselves to be Dictators of their Domains. Candidate Cuomo will say anything and everything to position himself to pick up Biden’s delegates. At this point, these radical leftists only care about what Nonsense Nancy cares about—money and power. NN realizes that if the Bernie Bro’s and Sis’s get re-elected, she will need them if the Do-Nothing Dems keep the House. Otherwise, why would she go 🦇💩 crazy in her “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act” which took responsibility for neither workers nor families rather it read like an AOC/Bernie press release for Dummies.
    Will there ever come a day when longtime politicians really care for the American people? It seems that in this day and age, their supporters are those who need the Socialist policies for whatever reason—the rich because they will fare well with the Socialists (despite the claims of Bernie and Pocahontas) and the poor (because they will get free stuff compliments of working class Americans). Socialists want to shred the Constitution. Name a country where Socialism and freedom have any co-existence!

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  33. Angus D says:

    NYC = HELL

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  34. John-Y128 says:

    Does ‘deBlasio Immediate Suspension of First Amendment…’ apply to his Governor too?

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  35. Richard says:

    If we are going to abrogate the 1A, it’s time to shut the media down. They are clearly non-essential as they are providing no useful information and are only dividing and terrifying Americans.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      I agree x infinity.

      If there are more than 10 people in the press briefing room, including President Trump and his admin, that’s way too many talking heads.

      Get ’em outta’ here and take their coats!

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  36. Carter Burger says:

    The longer this goes on, the more of our freedoms they will take and the harder it will be to get them back. Democrats have been waiting for this moment for a very long time. They are not about to let this “crisis” go to waste.

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  37. TwoLaine says:

    I hope there is a run on churches, as in people showing up in massive numbers.

    P.S. Bring your own tp.

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  38. L. E. Joiner says:

    The First Amendment specifies that “Congress shall make no law abridging. . .” The City of New York is not Congress, so the City can make its own rules.

    The Fourteenth Amendment is often said to extend the restrictions in the Bill of Rights to the States and localities, but be careful: it is sometimes used to extend misinterpretations, as for example the idea that “separation of church and state” prohibits any religious displays in public (not Federal) spaces.

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  39. dwpender says:

    I suggested last week that DJT should issue an EO saying that all Federal “emergency” funding would be IMMEDIATELY withdrawn from any State or Local authority who attempted to enforce “social distancing,” “group limits” or similar regal edicts on churches, and making clear that in no event would the National Guard or any federal troops be used for this purpose.

    Now DJT is playing catchup. Will he do in some form for the First Amendment’s religious freedom, what he’s already done for the Second Amendment, by mandating that gun shops are “essential?”

    I’m not even going to mention that the First Amendment guarantees also the people’s right to “peaceably assemble.” The Federal Guidelines thus far have been just that, “guidelines.” Only State and Local potentates — enabled again by unlimited federal funding and the National Guard — have dared to issue “orders” purporting to abrogate the right to “peaceably assemble.” When will someone in authority start to recognize that our Government(s) are not omnipotent?

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  40. Spryte says:

    During the Dem debates I realized just how idiotic deBlasio really is. I can’t help but wonder how New Yorkers elected this moron. But then again, I also wondered if the group of loonies on stage with him were the best the Dems had to offer because they were all spouting garbage.

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  41. X XYZ says:

    “Guidance”.
    I’ve been hearing that word, along with “guidelines” a lot lately – but not until recently. I wondered what the origin of it is, as it seems to be a recently minted governmental buzzword. Is it a law? A regulation? Or what? Where did this come from? When was it first applied? If anyone here knows the details, please tell us.

    The only reference I could find was this.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administrative_guidance

    The swamp mob will make us an offer we can’t refuse.
    That sounds like the fist is in a fancy velvet glove. Or more like the gloves that Mack the Knife wore.

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  42. In the Land of Poz says:

    Bill is living the leftist dream. Venceremos!

    It’s his last chance to play Chavez before his permanent removal from American public life. That opportunity don’t come knocking twice, of course he will take it.

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  43. oldguy05 says:

    DeBlasio’s a bona fide dyed in the wool Communist. This should surprise no one.

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  44. Richard Rail says:

    This is what de Blasio and other Leftists have wanted to do for years – shut up their opposition. This is a trial balloon to see how it goes over.

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  45. John Johnston says:

    What punishment is there for a Mayor who tries to nullify a person’s Constitutional rights? Impeachment, at a minimum… jail time too, IMHO.

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  46. KaweahKid says:

    SARS-COV-19 sizzles while the US Constitution burns…!

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  47. Liberty ONE says:

    Commie DeBlasio….”P.S. my order does NOT apply to mosques”

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  48. Don L says:

    I find it contradictory that what is absolutely guaranteed by “nature’s God” and only codified in our constitution, can be ignored, when that constitution does not recognize the authority of a governor, a president, or a court, to do anything but support those rights. Impeachment is way overdue for these authoritarian tin gods.

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  49. California Joe says:

    DeBlasio has a major problem with the Hasidic Jewish Community in Brooklyn not abiding with the Coronavirus shutdown. I think this edict is directed at them which means that it has absolutely no chance of surviving a challenge in the New York City Courts!

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