New York City officials have been fighting for 15 years to keep the Bronx Household of Faith from meeting in a vacant public school space on weekends. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot keep religious groups from public facilities once they have been opened to other community organizations, New York City officials flatly refuse to allow the small Christian congregation access to the facility.
NY City Mayor Bloomberg’s “our values and our traditions endure … there is no neighborhood in this city that is off-limits to God’s love and mercy” declaration appears to be nothing more than leftist meat in a crap sandwich.
Bloomberg emphatically embraces Muslim worship in a proposed victory shrine at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, yet his First Amendment zealotry disappears once he’s asked to uphold the religious rights of congregants who belong to the Greek Orthodox Church destroyed on 9/11 or the Bronx Household of Faith.
The real question is why did New Yorkers twice elect such a despicable scoundrel to lead them and represent their city? In a government constructed of the people, by the people, and for the people, its elected officials are a reflection of the people themselves; i.e., corrupt, devious, hypocritical leaders are symptomatic of a wicked society.
For more on the Bronx Household of Faith’s battle with NYC officials, see Bloomberg’s ‘tolerance’ hypocrisy: Why does the mayor welcome the mosque and fight small churches? by Tom Minnery.