There’s no excuse for the double standard that Democrats are using.
They’ve got a different standard for protesters than people trying to restart their lives.
A top Democrat gave a terrible slap in the face to law-abiding Americans.
The left didn’t pause a moment between saying “stay at home, save a life” to “black lives matter.”
When people were protesting the lockdowns that forced them out of work, Vox wrote that protesting was racist because the coronavirus had disproportionately hit black people.
“But what has been most glaringly obvious about these protests isn’t the far-right theatrics. It’s that almost everyone marching to end stay-at-home orders is white. And if they do return to ‘regular life’ and refuse to distance themselves, their overt disregard will impact the population most vulnerable to the virus — black people.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to permanently shut down any churches that met during the coronavirus shutdown.
One of the huge problems with the lockdowns is that governments are getting to decide what is important and can be allowed to reopen.
There’s no doubt that the protests on the death of George Floyd have killed black people.
Four black men and a biracial woman have died due to the violence alone.
Yet people aren’t allowed to gather together for worship.
If the First Amendment applies to the protests, it also applies to churches.
If the coronavirus was a real health emergency, the authorities would shut the protests down.
The fact is, the CDC said that the death rate is only 0.26% and half the deaths in America were in nursing homes.
Andrew Cuomo is putting New York in stage one of reopening, rather useless when people are flooding the streets, but Bill de Blasio still won’t open up the churches.
“When you see a nation, an entire nation, simultaneously grappling with an extraordinary crisis seeded in 400 years of American racism,” de Blasio said, “I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services.”
De Blasio made a judgement call that protests are more important than church.
That’s not his choice to make. Individuals can decide for themselves what they feel are appropriate risks to take.
For many Americans, the way they deal with crisis is through worship.
De Blasio was criticized by Democrats for letting the looting in his city get out of control.
“This is something that’s not about which side of the spectrum you’re on,” de Blasio continued. “It’s about a deep, deep American crisis. We have never seen anything quite like what we’ve seen in the last few days. This is a powerful, painful, historical moment.”
“So, no,” he added. “I have eyes to see. We’re not going to treat it like it’s any other day, we’re not going to treat it like, ‘Why are people outside the bars?’ and not notice that all of America is grappling simultaneously with a horrible crisis. Sorry, guys, there’s a world outside New York City. So, we’re dealing with this.”
Worship is people coming together to deal with fundamental questions of life.
Bill de Blasio has no excuse for the control he feels he has over religious institutions.