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The city must station armed guards at places of worship, local pols demanded on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday.

Demonstrators took to the infamous set of stairs on May 7 to advocate for a piece of legislation that would provide funding for security personnel at religious buildings, which is necessary in the wake of recent attacks around the world, according to one Southern Brooklyn councilman.

“New Yorkers of faith deserve to be safe as they worship — it’s as simple as that,” said Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay). “Houses of worship need a layer of protection to keep congregants safe, such as an armed guard.”

Deutsch and fellow Councilman Kalman Yeger (D–Midwood) are hoping to put a bill on the mayor’s desk next week that will aim to station armed guards at churches, synagogues, and mosques around the city.

“Our bill will allow any house of worship to hire a private security guard, submit for reimbursement, and have the city pay the bill,” said Yeger. “This is our city and our money, and safety in our houses of worship is our most fundamental right.”

The push to commission armed guards comes on the heels of recent violent attacks at a mosque in New Zealand, churches in Sri Lanka, and synagogues in Pittsburgh.

Last month, a man attempted to set fire to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.

Deutsch accused pols who opposed the bill of inaction with deadly consequences.

“Every time an attack occurs in a house of worship we tend to send out a tweet condemning those actions and sending our condolences,” he said. “Now we need to take proactive measures and not be reactive. Let’s not send out those condolences. We have to face reality here in New York City and it’s time that this administration funds security for all our houses of worship.”

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D–Clinton Hill), along with Councilmen Mathieu Eugene (D–Flatbush) and Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island) joined Tuesday’s demonstration at City Hall with more than 20 religious leaders from around the city.

“It’s a proud moment when we can come together as leaders and advocate for better protections at our houses of worship,” said Cumbo.

Treyger used the rally to push for unarmed security officers at city schools.

“I’m also outraged that there is no money in the executive budget for security guards at private schools, including religious private schools, which frequently face threats of violence,” he said.

The legislators hope their bill will pass, and be signed by Hizzoner next week.

“We have to know we will be protected in our houses of worship, in our sanctuaries of peace,” said Yeger.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 12:25 pm, May 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Ugh says:
Separation of church and state moron! Use the money you don’t pay in taxes to buy your own security.
May 9, 5:16 am
God says:
Church/religion is a waste of time and real estate.
May 9, 10:10 am
K. from ArKady says:
For the poor beat cop who draws this duty: make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
May 9, 10:20 am
Libertarian says:
More big government encroachment. Private security is better. Knee jerk responses are always suspect.
May 9, 11:53 am
Mabrina Woobles from Flatbush says:
If something happens, isn’t it their god’s will? Why are they trying to get in the way of god’s plan?
May 9, 12:31 pm
Ken from Greenpoint says:
wondering what really happens here any positive comment, you guys are nuts and get a real job...
May 9, 12:53 pm
God says:
@Ken from Greenpoint, Was that a statement or word salad?
May 9, 12:57 pm
Sam from Brooklyn says:
@Ken from Greenpoint, valued point these comments lately is out of touch!! I remember when Brooklyn was a stable place with normal people,
May 9, 2:06 pm
God says:
???Another Mensa member.???
May 9, 2:25 pm
Pay for your own security from Maspeth says:
These houses of worship don't pay taxes and the rest of us have to subsidize them. If they want armed guards, they can pay it out from their own coffers. It's not like they ever forget to pass the donation basket around the pews... looks like it's time to send it around again.
May 9, 9:57 pm
Bill from Clinton Hill says:
when was the last time you went to church?
May 10, 11:37 am
Bill from Clinton Hill says:
@ Pay for your own security from Maspeth says: after all, you sound like a selfish depressed person.
May 10, 11:38 am
God from Everywhere says:
Who cares about what a bunch of hell bound losers say in comment sections? Their tax dollars are still going to pay for all the protection my children worshipping me need.
May 10, 4:59 pm
Response arkady says:
Illegal border crossers sometimes carry measles.
May 10, 7:47 pm
K from Arkady says:
I see. So the epidemic of measles raging through the Hassidic community in Brooklyn is because of ...their illegal housekeepers? Boy, denial ain't just a river in Egypt, if you catch my drift.
May 11, 10:58 am
God says:
???Some of my dumbest sheep??? Religion is made up to keep the dumb from hurting themselves. I don't exist.
May 11, 2:59 pm
Burn baby burn from Hellfire says:
There is some blasphemy in this comment section and those who engage in it are gonna burn in Hell. You do not mock the Lord, you only praise him. This was the last warning.
May 11, 9:36 pm
God says:
???LOL, sheep??? There is no such thing as hell, except being surrounded by idiots who have make a believe friend who lives in the clouds. Is Santa real too?
May 12, 9:58 am
Santa from North Pole says:
Yes I am real. Ho ho ho!
May 13, 4:06 am
God says:
Santa, you're more real than me.
May 13, 6:52 am

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