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Catholic Priests, Orthodox Jews Sue Gov. Cuomo, de Blasio For Alleged Selective Lockdowns

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Two Catholic priests and three orthodox Jewish congregants are suing New York’s top leaders Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James, and Mayor Bill de Blasio for allowing thousands of protestors to take to the streets in the weeks following George Floyd’s death, while still banning religious gatherings.

The plaintiffs allege the state and local leaders violated their “rights to free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, assembly and expressive association, and due process, under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” Moreover, the plaintiffs accuse Governor Cuomo “of acting against New York state law and the New York State Constitution.”

Click here to read the suit.

Thomas More Society Special Counsel Christopher Ferrara, who is representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement last week that the State’s lockdown orders and phased reopening plan “clearly discriminate against houses of worship.”

He continued, “They are illegally content-based, elaborate, arbitrary, and pseudo-scientific. The governor and his agents, along with New York City’s mayor, have employed favoritism and political platforms against people of faith.” He noted that, in addition to the unconstitutional and discriminatory nature of Governor Cuomo’s orders, and Attorney General James’ and Mayor de Blasio’s enforcement thereof, the “so-called science” is irrational. “Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another?”

 “Why is a large worship gathering deemed more dangerous than a mass protest, full of shouting, arm-waving people in close proximity to one another?”- Christopher Ferrara

The suit points to several key examples of the government’s ‘selectively enforced’ lockdown. On June 4, Mayor de Blasio attended a memorial event with thousands of others in the City’s Cadman plaza to pay his respects to George Floyd. But, just days later, the New York Police Department was seen escorting Jewish mothers and children out of a park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for violating “social distancing” rules.

Under the State’s lockdown order, those who fail to comply could face hefty fines and/or criminal charges. “It is time to end New York’s experiment in absolute monarchy,” said Ferrara. “We are asking the court to put an end to these unconstitutional executive orders and their prejudicial enforcement.”

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Disney’s progressive ‘Strange World’ cartoon flops with disastrous $18M opening on a $180M budget

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Disney’s attempt to push the woke agenda in children’s entertainment has royally flopped at the box office. “Strange World” features a gay teen as the main character and follows his romance; there is an environmental message as well.

Opening weekend sales came in well below projections, grossing a mere $11.9 million over the three-day weekend and $18.6 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday.

The Wrap called the movie a “historic bomb” due to its $180 million reported budget. Variety projected that the flick could lose as much as $100 million.

The Washington Times reports “the movie centers on a family of explorers embarking on a journey to save their planet from a mysterious environmental crisis, but ‘tries too hard to earn the diversity merit badge,’ as the MovieWeb review says.”

Not only is Disney attempting to impose propaganda on youth, but it has zero bravery in doing so. In countries where there is virtually zero acceptance and tolerance for homosexuality, Disney opted to skip out. According to CartoonBrew20, Disney did not release in international markets including China and the Middle East.

The Washington Times reports:

The film’s poor reception contributed to the perception of wokeness-run-amok at Disney, which was criticized for the lesbian kiss scene in “Lightyear,” a $200 million animated feature released in June that has grossed $115 million domestically, according to BombReport.

Last week, Disney rehired Bob Iger to replace CEO Bob Chapek, who landed the company in a feud with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the state law barring instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3.

 

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