Samaritan’s Purse Despite Service, Still Vilified

While the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the State of New York and across the nation, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve the Lord by providing needed medical care to coronavirus patients in New York City.

As Albany Update has previously reported, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian disaster relief charity—has opened a 68-bed tent hospital in Manhattan’s Central Park. According to The New York Times, the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital opened on April 1, 2020; since that time, it has treated 130 patients. Staffed by Samaritan’s Purse volunteers, the tent hospital works in conjunction with the nearby Mount Sinai Hospital. The tent hospital generally treats COVID-19 patients who are stable enough that they are unlikely to need intensive care. Dr. David Reich, President of Mount Sinai Hospital, has described the Samaritan’s Purse team as “extraordinary.”

While Samaritan’s Purse volunteers indicate that they have received a warm welcome from most New Yorkers, there is one group that has given the organization a chilly reception: Left-wingers who dislike the organization’s Biblically-based views on marriage and sexuality. Rev. Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse, recently stated that critics of the organization—including the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Reclaim Pride Coalition, and others—have been bombarding it with information requests. Rev. Graham asserted that these requests “had the effect of ‘diverting precious resources of time and energy and personnel away from serving Covid-19 patients…’” In addition, four Democratic Members of Congress—Reps. Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—have written to Mount Sinai Hospital, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio with a series of pointed questions about Samaritan’s Purse. Despite the fact that Samaritan’s Purse has pledged not to discriminate against any of its patients, the four Members of Congress expressed concern that “as a result of potentially facing discrimination and cultural incompetence, LGBTQIA+ individuals may not seek needed medical attention at Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital.”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds Samaritan’s Purse, Mount Sinai Hospital, and all of the first responders in New York City and across the state who, at great personal risk, are providing care to coronavirus patients. In this time of crisis, critics of Samaritan’s Purse should put aside their baseless complaints and focus on actually helping the sick. A patient who is struggling to breathe needs medical care, not politically correct agenda-pushing.