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The Revolutionary War was fought, in the words of Sam Adams on Aug. 1, 1776, to determine whether "there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty." The purpose of just governance is laid out plainly in our Constitution — to "secure the blessings of liberty," but at the same time to "establish justice" and "ensure domestic tranquility." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flipped this founding principle upside down by using government to harass New York's Jews and target their inalienable rights, while releasing criminals and blithely ignoring the violence on the streets. Indeed, revolutions have been fought over lesser abuses and usurpations.
After Cuomo singled out the Orthodox Jewish community by name for causing the increased spread in the virus (which is occurring in almost every part of the world), inspectors from many state enforcement agencies fanned out in their communities to issue citations. One local Jewish publication took a picture of a target list from inspectors, which revealed that every business or institution on the list was Jewish. In what makes the revolutionary-era British tax collectors and the Townshend Acts look like a liberty paradise, there are now city inspectors harassing Jewish business owners and falsely accusing them of not complying with recent coronavirus restrictions.
While Cuomo is very concerned about a temporary rise in cases because it interferes with the optics of his book release, he doesn't appear to be bothered by large gatherings that are not Jewish. Last week, a wedding planned for the granddaughter of a known Rabbi in the city was shut down by Cuomo. Yet just two days earlier, not a word was said by Cuomo or his officials about a large BLM rally for Breonna Taylor in Manhattan.
Cuomo has also targeted in-person classes of Jewish schools in certain zip codes, even though his own data from randomized testing shows no statistical spread of the virus by New York City schoolchildren.
Closing religious schools, houses of worship, and businesses … these are the things that were not tampered with even by King George. Revolutions were fought over less.
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