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At The Virus Epicenter, New York Mosque Stays Open as Churches Across the Nation are Shut Down

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According to the Blaze, a mosque in New York is allegedly still open for attendees during the Wuhan virus pandemic.

Curiously, the Wuhan virus has caused a number of states and municipalities to implement shutdowns which have mandated the closure of Christian churches.

Per the Blaze report, the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary in Syracuse, New York continues to stay open “while churchgoers in many states have been criticized and even punished for continuing to gather.”

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Although the state has an executive order, which categorically bans all “non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason,” neighborhood Muslims are still allowed to congregate in the mosque’s prayer room for prayer sessions throughout the week.

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“About 10 worshippers in masks are allowed in at a time, though rarely do that many show up. They stand far apart from each other as they follow a prayer leader standing on a plastic-covered prayer rug,” a Syracuse.com report highlighted. The Blaze report noted “in a video of one of the prayers, it appears that the worshippers are not at least 6 feet away, as the Centers for Disease Control recommends.”

It is still unknown why the Mosque is allowed to operate. However, the mosque has received praise from Syracuse.com for its efforts to “keep the faith” during a time of pandemic and as the month of Ramadan is around the corner.

The report recounted what Irfan Elahi, an asbestos abatement expert who attends mosque, had to say about the matter. He claimed that when the outbreak started, local mosque leaders were concerned that Muslims would become anxious if their daily prayers were cancelled.

During the last few weeks, church gatherings have been prohibited in several states. In a number of cases, church participants were arrested for violating shelter-in-place orders.

In Mississippi, several church attendees were slapped with $500 fines for staying in their vehicles in a church parking lot while listening to a radio broadcast of the service. In Kentucky, nails were reportedly placed at parking lot entrances to keep people from participating in the Easter service. A county in northern California prohibited singing during church livestreams unless people stay at home.

In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened to “permanently” close churches and synagogues if they did not follow the government’s shelter-in-place order.

New York is one of the most anti-freedom states in the nation, so these kinds of bans are to be expected.

But if you’re part of a protected group like Muslim, you can have the state carve out privileges for you.

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Former Mexican Defense Minister is Arrested in Los Angeles for Allegedly Protecting a Drug Cartel

More Proof that Mexico is An Institutional Dumpster Fire

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Retired Mexican General Salvador Cienfuegos was arrested on October 15, 2020.

According to allegations from U.S. prosecutors, General Cienfuegos received bribes from a powerful Mexican cartel and allowed to smuggle drugs into the United States.

An indictment that was unsealed on October 17, revealed that from December 2015 to February 2017, while he served as Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense, Cienfuegos allegedly worked on behalf of a drug cartel. In working with this drug cartel, Cienfuegos earned the nickname of “El Padrino” (The Godfather) by helping the H-2 Cartel move drugs from Mexico to the U.S.

“The defendant [Cienfuegos] abused that public position to help the H-2 Cartel, an extremely violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, traffic thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States,” prosecutors contended in a letter sent to a U.S. District Court judge in New York.

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“In exchange for bribe payments,” the letter argued, he allowed the cartel “to operate with impunity in Mexico” while it operated distribution networks in cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas and in other states such as Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina and New York.

U.S. agents took the retired general into custody on October 15 at Los Angeles International Airport. Cienfuegos is expected to be transferred to New York.

Cienfuegos served as defense secretary from 2012 to 2018 under the administration of then-President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“The main problem in Mexico is corruption,” López Obrador declared during a news briefing on October 16 regarding the incident.

In López Obrador’s view, it is  “regrettable” that someone in such a high position of government has deep connections to drug cartels.

“This is a process of progressive degradation,” López Obrador continued, “and we are trying now to figure out how deep the corruption goes.”

As of now, Cienfuegos is the most prominent Mexican official to have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. In 2019, U.S. authorities arrested Genaro García Luna, the Secretary of Public Security under the administration of former President Felipe Calderón, for allegedly being involved in drug trafficking.

According to the U.S. indictment, Cienfuegos was working with H-2, an alleged branch of the Beltrán-Leyva criminal cartel. On top of that, prosecutors claims that the retired general received bribes to shield the cartel and its leaders. He then proceeded to inform them beforehand of military actions planned against them and even used troops to attack a rival cartel.

Mexico is clearly on the ropes institutionally. With a current president (AMLO) who wants to take a “hugs not bullets” approach to crime, the country will continue to spiral into chaos as drug cartels become even more powerful. President Trump has been right all along in building a wall to protect America from the potential spillover effects of Mexico’s drug war.

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