"Memo-and-Order-June-26-2020.pdf" target="_blank">preliminary injunction Friday on behalf of two Catholic priests - Steven Soos and Nicholas Stamos - and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants - Elchanan Perr, Daniel Schonborn, and Mayer Mayerfeld - in Brooklyn, represented by the Thomas More Society, FOX reported.
Meanwhile, mass protests have occurred across NY as well as the rest of the country in response to the death of George Floyd.
U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe handed down a preliminary injunction on Friday against NY officials for violating the First Amendment by shutting down religious services while encouraging Black Lives Matter protests. The basis for the decision was that if people can gather for secular activities like protests and shopping in larger numbers than they can also be inside houses of worship at larger capacities. "But by acting as they did, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio sent a clear message that mass protests are deserving of preferential treatment". But Judge Sharpe said the governor and mayor didn't just not discourage the protest, but actively encouraged them - while at the same time discouraging churches and synagogues.
"Suddenly, the limit on "mass gatherings" was no longer necessary to 'save lives, '" Ferrara said in a statement to FOX News.
Moreover, he added, "This decision is an important step toward inhibiting the suddenly emerging trend of exercising absolute monarchy on [the] pretext of public health".
The judge ordered that state and local authorities be prevented "from enforcement of any indoor gathering limitations against plaintiffs greater than imposed for Phase 2 industries [25% of capacity] and restraint from enforcement of any limitation for outdoor gatherings against plaintiffs".
They are also forbidden from "enforcing any limitation for outdoor gatherings provided that participants in such gatherings follow social distancing requirements as set forth in the applicable executive orders and guidance".
Mr. de Blasio in particular took to Twitter in April to blast a Jewish funeral gathering, saying he went personally to make sure the crowd was dispersed.
In the end, it looks like de Blasio (Cuomo and James) just received a little "tough love" in return.