We interrupt this worldwide health emergency to bring you an important message.
For the past several months, the media and Democrats in government (aka the Party of Science) have been preaching the gospel according to the prophet Covid. They have castigated — even threatened — heathens who dared to venture out in public without a face mask.
One leader in particular — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — became the gold standard for law enforcement in the age of social distancing. He created a COVID hotline that devout residents could use to rat out violators, began issuing summonses for non-mask wearers, and thoughtfully emptied out the jails so that rapists and murderers would not become infected.
But de Blasio’s crowning glory came in April, when he dispatched the NYPD to break up a religious gathering in Brooklyn. Hundreds of Orthodox Jewish had crowded into a single block of the Williamsburg section of the borough to mourn the passing of a beloved rabbi.
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The mayor was having none of it. He tweeted:
My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
So what happened to hizzoner’s zeal for protecting the masses between then and now. Here is what one street in New York City looked like two nights ago:
Some of the protesters are bare-faced, and even those wearing masks are violating the three-feet rule for social distancing. So where are the police? One seeking to give de Blasio the benefit of the doubt might point out that this is a largely peaceful gathering and assume that the police are busy rounding up looters and rioters, but the mayor has given the cops orders go easy on them, too.
One final bit of media worth examining is this video, which was shot last night in Bethesda, Md. According to Fox 5 Washington, the crowd was a thousand-strong. The participants, in case you’re wondering, are taking an oath not to stay silent about “racism, anti-blackness or violence.”
Maybe the problem all along with attending church services or other religious gatherings has not been that the Left is anti-religious. Maybe it’s that those who consider faith essential to their daily lives have been following the wrong religion.