Photo of religious gathering in Town of Ramapo sparks heated discussion on social media

A photo of a religious gathering in the Town of Ramapo has led to some heated discussion on social media.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2020, 9:52 PM

Updated 1,384 days ago

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A photo of a religious gathering in the Town of Ramapo has led to some heated discussion on social media.
Nearly 200 people gathered for the religious event at Palisades Park on Monday - the green light was given by a federal court ruling in June.
The image received hundreds of comments on social media, with one person writing "hair salons at 50% capacity."
Another wrote: "They do not follow the rules and law – only their own" – but a federal ruling says otherwise.
While New York imposed limitations on religious gatherings, the federal ruling prevents the state from "enforcing any limits to outdoor or indoor religious gatherings."
The judge declared the state's previous executive order of 25% capacity for worship services burdens religious events, including "Holy Matrimony" and outdoor burials, citing day camps and special education resumed, essential businesses are operating, and protests "sometimes in groups of thousands" are happening across the state.
"We want to be able to earn a living, we want to be able to have recreation and fun with our families, our school to open up, we don't make these rules, they're set by the state. The ruling whether religious gatherings can take place was set by a federal court so we have to follow the law, we treat all applications equally," said Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht.
 


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