Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization founded by Rev. Franklin Graham, has opened a 68-bed emergency tent hospital in New York City’s Central Park to help the city’s beleaguered health care system care for patients infected by the coronavirus. More than 80 disaster relief staffers, including medical personnel, are working at the hospital. The organization is operating a similar emergency hospital in Italy.
Because Samaritan’s Purse upholds a Biblically-based view of sexual morality, and because Rev. Graham has been an outspoken opponent of same-sex “marriage,” some leftist politicians have expressed unhappiness about the opening of the tent hospital. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and State Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) have made tone-deaf and foolish remarks on the subject, with Mayor de Blasio stating that it was “deeply troubling” that the organization wished to open a tent hospital in New York City and Speaker Johnson calling the organization’s beliefs “disturbing.” For his part, Sen. Hoylman called Rev. Graham a “notorious anti-gay bigot” and demanded that he “promise to treat EVERY patient with dignity and respect.” In response, Rev. Graham issued the following statement:
Regardless of my strongly held religious views — or actually because of them — Samaritan’s Purse treats everyone we help the same. We do not make distinctions about an individual’s religion, race, sexual orientation, or economic status. We certainly do not discriminate, and we have a decades-long track record that confirms just that. Our doors at the Emergency Field Hospital in the East Meadow are going to be open to all New Yorkers who need our help.
We are here to save life, which is precious in God’s sight — and we do it all in Jesus’ Name. I hope you will be able to come by for a visit and see for yourself. This is a time for all of us to unite and work together, regardless of our political views. Let’s support one another during this crisis, and we pray that God will bless the efforts of all those battling this vicious virus.
To its credit, the editorial board of the New York Daily News has praised the organization’s efforts.
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we have only five words to say to Samaritan’s Purse: Thank you, and God bless you.