SCOTUS Rejects Cuomo's Targeting of Orthodox Jews During Lockdowns
Last night, the SCOTUS ruled 5-4 to limit Governor Andrew Cuomo’s actions against houses of worship. In the second page of the ruling it was noted that “statements made [by Cuomo] in connection with the challenged rules, can be viewed as targeting the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community.”
VIDEO: Officials Should Focus on Coronavirus; Not on Orthodox Jews
In early October 2020, Coronavirus was making a resurgence in New York State. Instead of alerting all of New York to this issue, Governor Andrew Cuomo repeatedly made it about Orthodox Jews and created Red Zones within zip codes and towns where COVID-19 was supposedly doing worse than other places.
New DOJ Action Against Airmont
Earlier today, the Department of Justice filed a 3-point lawsuit in federal court against the Village of Airmont which is located in Rockland County. The three points are that the village's zoning laws and actions of 2017-2018 have 1) placed an unreasonable burden on Orthodox Jews; 2) have discriminated against Orthodox Jews and 3) are in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).