All posts tagged: New York City

Seattle: Propaganda war to demonize police has paid off

It appears the propaganda war initiated by city politicians and Black Lives Matter to demonize police has paid off. According to reports, Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan is concerned about the mass exodus of police officers from the Seattle police force putting the number of active police at levels seen in the early 1990s. Meanwhile, the city’s population has grown by 44%. The Blaze explains: Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan — who once called the police-free autonomous zone in her city a “block party” amid a “summer of love” — is now “deeply concerned” over the mass exodus taking place within the city’s police department.POLL: Did you watch any of the 2020 Presidential Town Halls last night? KING-TV reported early Friday morning that a record number of officers had left the department in September, according to a new Seattle Budget Office report. The report noted that 39 officers and officers-in-training “separated” from the department while an additional 14 officers extended their leaves.  The exodus is part of a continuing trend that has resulted in at least 118 officers leaving the …

What’s behind Cuomo’s crackdown on NYC’s Jewish community?

New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been specifically targeting a group of orthodox Jews in a New York City suburb in his attempt to lockdown the state. And it appears that Cuomo’s overreaction is based solely on fear. The Blaze explains: It’s been a shocking few weeks in New York City as an American governor in 2020 is explicitly targeting a sect of orthodox Jews for restrictions on their First Amendment rights to pray in synagogues. In recent days, he dispatched an army of public health officials to Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn to issue thousands of dollars’ worth of citations. Now, Cuomo is admitting that it’s not science or even anti-Jewish animus driving his latest power play, but the politics of fear and panic. And in a phone call with the Jewish leaders, Cuomo admitted that his trampling of their rights was not based on science but fear. “This is not a highly nuanced, sophisticated response,” conceded the New York governor. “This is a fear-driven response. You know, this is not a policy being …

Nearly 500 NYPD injured in anti-police protests

Since the anti-police protests started at the end of May, nearly 500 police officers in New York City have been injured in the line of duty. Breitbart explains: More than 470 New York City police officers have been injured in the line of duty due to anti-police protests since May of this year, according to data through September 24 from the department and the New York Post. Black Lives Matter protests, sparked across the nation after the death of George Floyd, sent thousands of people flooding the streets of major American cities, including one of the largest, New York City. Officials from the department have stated that officers have been on the receiving end of Molotov cocktails, shot at, stabbed, hit with rocks and bricks, and hit by vehicles. Of the 472 who reported injuries, 319 of those needed medical attention from a hospital. Seven of those who were injured were admitted into a hospital, such as Lt. Richard Mack, who was severely beaten as he made an arrest on the Brooklyn Bridge in July. READ: Nearly 500 …

New York City is special, but not that special

A few months back my wife, daughter and I had a chance to visit New York City and Times Square is impressive and the people friendly. But I was puzzled recently because there are actually two groups claiming that the Jewish Messiah will come from New York City. New York City is special, but not that special. Of course, New York is among the most famous cities of the world, but when we look at the Bible, Malachi prophesied that Bethlehem was chosen as the birthplace for the Messiah, because it wasn’t special: But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2 ESV) Bethlehem was also the birthplace of King David (1 Samuel 16:1-3), who foreshadowed the coming of Christ. So, who are claiming that the Jewish Messiah will come from New York City? The first involves a religious group in …

More government ‘mask’ hypocrisy

More from the “do as I say, not as I do” file. One of the responsibilities of New York State Liquor Authority is to hand out fines to restaurants that are violating COVID regulations. And they have been doing it with a passion imposing tens of thousands of dollars in fines as restaurants struggle to survive the pandemic lockdown.

Worship warfare?

As America seems to be descending into darkness and chaos through nightly riots, I wonder if God is raising up a standard against this onslaught. Worship leader Sean Feucht has taken to the streets of many cities hit by recent riots to hold outdoor worship services proclaiming God’s goodness and hope. This past weekend, Sean ended up in America’s northeast and held services in New Jersey, New York City and Boston. According to several reports there was a genuine move of God at all three locations with large crowds showing up even despite the rain. In New York City several people were saved and according to Dr Charles Karuka, who pastors NYC’s International Outreach Church, 29 people were water baptized in a fountain located in Washington Square Park. CBN writes: “This place is filled with people about to get baptized in the fountains of Washington Square Park,” Feucht said. “Some of them just got saved…some are rededicating.” In a video shared on Facebook, Dr. Karuku described the occasion as a “move of God” after 29 …

Is New York City descending into lawlessness?

According to reports, the number of people murdered in New York City is nearly double the number murdered by the same time last year, and people are pointing their finger at New York’s Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio as the reason for the increase. Breitbart reports: On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) New York City passed the grim milestone of 1,000 shootings so far this year. The New York Post reports NYPD data indicates there were 1,004 shootings in NYC as of August 30, 2020. There were 537 shootings by that same time in 2019. Moreover, the data shows “an average of nearly 10 people fell victim to gun violence each day over the last four weeks.” READ: Over 1,000 Shootings This Year in Mayor de Blasio’s New York City Of course, I am sure it has nothing to do with the fact that the New York’s Democrat mayor and city council has cut the budget of the city’s police department by $1 billion. READ: NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea blames budget cuts for shootings spike AND City …

No lock down ‘double standard’ in New York City?

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says nary a tweet or a word about thousands of demonstrators breaking social distancing rules or not wearing masks as they protest. VIDEO: As @NYCMayor marches with protesters and orders Contact Tracers not to ask people if they were at protests, the City is welding shut a park that is largely used by Hasidim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/HcAEo4jVA9 — Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 15, 2020 But de Blasio is not so generous with the NYC’s Jewish community. City officials recently had a park in a Jewish area of New York City locked shut. The Blaze writes: The incident was the latest in a series of troubling examples of a double standard against the Jewish community while others are praised while ignoring social distancing guidelines. Many on social media blamed Mayor de Blasio and demanded that the park reopen. Critics pointed to the lack of criticism for the many Black Lives Matter protests where participants ignored social distancing guidelines. Noticing the double standard, several Orthodox Jews cut the gates open. …

“And gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap”

According to Fox News, the police questioned the leader of a protest movement in New York City (NYC), who allegedly threatened to burn NYC’s Diamond District, if the State Governor Andrew Cuomo and City Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t meet with him The man who referred to himself as the leader of a group called FTP said in an interview with Fox News: “Today I’m leading a demonstration from Barclay Center at 6 p.m. to City Hall, and that’s the first stop. We’re hoping de Blasio and Cuomo come out and talk to us and give the youth some direction. But if they don’t, the next stop is the diamond district. And gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap.” According to the Fox News reporter, the area allegedly threatened is a district where many of the businesses are owned by Orthodox Jews. READ: NYC protest organizer questioned after threat to take violence to Diamond District: ‘Gasoline … is awfully cheap’

So who plays the thugs in this modern Broadway remake of the Good Samaritan?

The parable of the good Samaritan involves a man who went out of his way to help a person who had been attacked by thugs, robbed and basically left unconscious on the side of the road. Several people walked around the man, before the good Samaritan arrived, bandaged the man’s wounds and then transported him to a nearby inn and paid for the man’s stay until he was healed (Luke 10:25-37). Based on this story, Samaritan’s Purse, an organization currently headed by Franklin Graham, provides financial and medical assistance to areas hit by disaster. They will bring in doctors and nurses and provide medical aid at no charge to anyone who needs it. So when officials at New York’s City’s Mount Sinai Health System called Samaritan’s Purse for help in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the organization immediately responded. At no charge to New York City or the state, Samaritan’s Purse set up a 68 person field hospital in Central Park and immediately began treating people. In an interview with Faithwire, Franklin Graham said: …

Persecuted for doing good? Somethings never change.

It’s not the first time something like this has happened, but Samaritan’s Purse ended up in trouble because of its willingness to help heal the sick. Samaritan’s Purse, founded in 1970, is now run by Franklin Graham, the son of Evangelist Billy Graham. With offices in over 100 countries, one of its goals is to provide material assistance and medical aid in times of disaster. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan’s Purse set up a 68-bed field hospital in New York City, one of the regions the hardest hit by the Coronavirus in the US. As a Christian humanitarian organization, it is staffed by believers and volunteer Evangelical doctors and nurses. Though the organization supports traditional marriage, and requires its staff to do the same, Samaritan’s Purse helps all who come through its door. It doesn’t matter what their faith is or sexual preference, if they are sick, the doctors and nurses will tend to their needs. And equally important, Samaritan’s Purse provides this help at no charge. But as Samaritan’s Purse set up its …

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Ominous sign of the times? New York mayor calls for a boycott of Chick-fil-A

A popular US-based fast food restaurant has been in caught up in a fire-storm of protests over the past four years, because the Cathay family — who own Chick-fil-A — are devout Christians and stated publicly that marriage was between a man and a woman. In a 2012 interview with the Biblical Recorder, Chick-fil-A’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy said “we are very much supportive of the family – the Biblical definition of the family unit.” That statement and their financial support of family organizations sparked nation-wide protests by gay activists. However, the protests fell flat as sales at Chick-fil-A restaurants rose by 12% in 2012. So far, the restaurant chain has rather successfully weathered the storm. But things took an ominous turn recently after Chick-fil-A announced it would be opening a third restaurant in New York City. It launched the first one in 2015 and obviously they have done very well sprouting two more restaurants in less than a year. Chick-fil-A’s arrival caught the attention of the city’s political ruling caste. New York Mayor …

Is New York City discriminating against Christians?

While recent revelations suggest communist China may be marginally easing its persecution of Christians, New York City seems to be heading in the opposite direction. A court has ruled that New York City can legally discriminate against Christians. The case involved the New York City Board of Education’s (NYCBE) refusal to rent schools to Christian groups for worship services over the weekend, simply because they are Christian. Meanwhile, it allowed others to rent the same property.