NYC City Council Speaker Tells Samaritan’s Purse To Leave After Treating Hundreds Of Coronavirus Patients

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After treating hundreds of coronavirus patients and asking for nothing in return, Samaritan’s Purse is being pressured to pack up its relief efforts by New York City officials.

Corey Johnson, an open homosexual and the city’s Council Speaker, called on the Christian nonprofit disaster relief organization to get out of town now that the region’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be under control.

“It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC,” Johnson said in a tweet on Friday. “This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn’t in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed.”

“Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community,” Johnson continued.

“I’m aware that our battle against COVID-19 is still ongoing, and that our health care system—and the amazing workers who have been the heroes of this unprecedented time in our history—still needs support,” the lawmaker went on.

The @NYCCouncil is committed to supporting those workers and protecting our city’s public health,” he declared. “But as a city that values diversity and compassion for all, we can’t continue allowing a group with their track record to remain here when we’re past the point they’re needed.”

Johnson proceeded to call on Mount Sinai Hospital to sever its ties with the organization that set up a field hospital in Central Park that treated at least 315 patients: “Mount Sinai must sever its relationship with Samaritan’s Purse. Its leader calls the LGBTQ community ‘detestable’ and ‘immoral.’ He says being gay is ‘an affront to God,’ and refers to gay Christians as “the enemy.'”

“Samaritan’s Purse requires its volunteers to agree to a written affirmation ‘that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female,'” Johnson concluded. “Hate has no place in our beautiful city.”

Samaritan’s Purse and its CEO Franklin Graham have been warding off slanderous attacks since the organization first put boots on the ground to help with coronavirus relief in New York back in March.

“His hostility towards LGBTQ people does not comport, in my opinion, with his desire to provide assistance and relief to New Yorkers during this time of crisis,” State Senator Brad Hoylman said at the time. “That said, the federal government has put us in the unfortunate position of having to accept charity from bigots like Franklin Graham and at the very least I think it’s government’s responsibility to ensure that he follows the law.”

In an April interview with The Guardian, Graham maintained that “the vast majority of New Yorkers are glad that we are there.”

“It’s just a small handful of people who are opposed,” Graham said. “And I find in life there’s always somebody who’s opposed to whatever you do and they’re just naysayers who disagree with our difficult positions and take exception to that.”

“We are an evangelical Christian organization and we want to have people of like mind,” Graham said of the statement of faith to be signed by all volunteers. “If they agree with it they’ll sign it, if they don’t agree with it then they move on. That’s just who we are and we’re not going to change who we are.”

Patients treated at the field hospital—or anywhere else in the world Samaritan’s Purse provides relief—however, are all treated equally.

“While our organisations may have differences of opinions, when it comes to Covid-19 we are fully united: we will care for everyone and no patients or staff will be discriminated against,” said Mount Sinai spokesman Jason Kaplan. “Mount Sinai and Samaritan’s Purse are unified in our mission to provide the same world-class care to anyone and everyone who needs it. No questions asked. Any suggestion otherwise is incorrect.”

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