Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s panel that will determine which monuments and other markers should be taken down

[Did Battling Bill clear this press release with Hizzoner’s good friend Cardinal Tiny Tim?]



New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has empanelled 18 persons to assess which monuments and other markers should be removed from city property. He said the panel “will develop guidelines on how the City should address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City.”

It is telling that the mayor did not say that the panel should determine which monuments are inconsistent with American values. Instead, he cited the “values of New York City.” This begs two questions: What are New York City values, and who decides what they are? His past forays into this area are cause for grave concern.

In February 2011, a pro-life group, Life Always, displayed a huge billboard in the SoHo section of New York that showed a picture of a young black girl with the inscription, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” Prominent African Americans endorsed the billboard; it was displayed during Black History Month.

The billboard incensed de Blasio, who was then New York’s Public Advocate. He not only failed to be an advocate for the unborn, or for pro-life New Yorkers, he actually recommended censoring it. “The billboard simply doesn’t belong in our city. The ad violates the values of New Yorkers.”

In other words, if an ad offends de Blasio’s values, it offends “the values of New Yorkers.” Not content to criticize an ad he objects to, he sought to muzzle the free speech rights of black pro-life men and women. He succeeded.

De Blasio’s passion for declaring abortion rights to be representative of New York values led him to support Governor Andrew Cuomo’s equally censorial approach to this subject. In 2014, Cuomo railed against what he called “extreme conservatives” who are “pro-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.” He said such persons “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

So New Yorkers opposed to abortion “have no place in the state of New York,” and should get out of town. De Blasio said he agreed with that position “100 percent.”

Let’s be honest about this: De Blasio is not asking the panel to develop guidelines that offend traditional moral values—he is asking them to craft recommendations that offend his trendy political values.

This explains why he is sure not to mess with the New York City street named after Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, despite the fact that she was a notorious racist and an anti-Catholic bigot. While he might be upset with her racism (the latter animus doesn’t even register with him), it is not likely to trump his fondness for Planned Parenthood. Look for the sign to stay.

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  1. [The only recent criticism of Hizzoner by His Eminence]

    Cardinal Dolan Ribs Mayor de Blasio About Chronic Lateness at St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    The cardinal shared a laugh with NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio following the parade

    NBC 4 New York News
    Published Friday, March 17, 2017

    NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill’s mother was tardy to the St. Patrick’s Day party, presenting the perfect opportunity for Cardinal Timothy Dolan to take a lighthearted dig at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chronic lateness.

    Following the festivities, Dolan stopped to chat with De Blasio and O’Neill in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” he exclaimed as he shook the commissioner’s hand. “Is your mom here?”

    “Running late, she’ll be here in a bit,” O’Neill said.

    “I didn’t know you were related to the mayor!” Dolan exclaimed, followed by a roar of laughter from the surrounding crowd of paradegoers.

    De Blasio wasn’t miffed about the joke and took it in stride, posing for pictures with the cardinal in front of the church before the crowd. He and Dolan quickly commiserated about the difficulties of getting through the crowd before going their separate ways.

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