V. P. Hughes
Earlier this year, Dr. Anthony Fauci excitedly predicted that President Trump would soon find the United States at the mercy of a viral pandemic. Interestingly enough, it came to pass much as the good doctor predicted, albeit, there are serious questions remaining as to the virulence as well as the origin of the virus involved.
Nonetheless, with an incredibly rapid response, this country began to gird for this viral “plague.” Among the places considered most at-risk were America’s major cities, since these were hotbeds of the poor, the homeless, the uninsured and the health-impaired.
New York City was catapaulted to the top of the list and it was soon predicted that its health care facilities would be overwhelmed when the COVID-19 virus struck in earnest. Reflexively, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent out a call for assistance from any quarter.
Immediately, Samaritan’s Purse — a Christian aid organization that selflessly serves the sick and injured around the globe — arrived in New York and set up a medical camp in Central Park. Its mission was to assist in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients and help relieve the burden anticipated by the city’s health care facilities.
On April 15th, however, their medical camp was noisily protested by an LGBTQ group for the crime of being Christians! Samaritan’s Purse is a subsidiary of a group run by evangelist Franklin Graham, and is very “traditional” in its interpretations of Biblical prohibitions against the numerous immoral sex acts practiced by the LGBTQ community.
So, while Samaritan’s Purse was altruistically engaged in treating hundreds of COVID-19 patients, NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson took to the airwaves and demanded that the charity leave the city because of its traditional views on homosexuality. In a tweet, this openly-gay Democrat politician stated:
“It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC. 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.”
Samaritan’s Purse treated all who came without charge or pre-conditions: For example, they didn’t ask any patient’s sexual orientation. Yet, according to Johnson, the organization is no longer welcome — and undeserving of all that “inclusion” Johnson supposedly cherishes — because it doesn’t pander to queers and other circus freaks in the LGBTQ movement, as most New York authorities do.
He went on to state that while he’s aware that the COVID-19 battle is far from over — and that New York’s healthcare system will continue to require support — “we can’t continue allowing a group with their track record to remain here when we’re past the point they’re needed.”
Further, this power-mad fruitcake insisted that “Mount Sinai (Hospital) 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’.”
In fact, BOTH Johnson and Graham are right, because the Bible says exactly that. But isn’t it strange that Johnson cares more about homosexuals not being shown adequate pandering than the fact that the 68-bed field hospital administered by Samaritan’s Purse treated 315 patients since it opened in April, many of whom may well have been LGBTQ? Being more familiar with that Bible-thingy, Samaritan’s Purse would probably and rightly insist that we be judged by our acts.
The present “pandemic” has done a great deal to expose a virulent anti-Christian bias among the left in the United States, particularly evident in their closing of places of worship during the “lockdown.” It would be one thing if Samaritan’s Purse refused to treat homosexuals or discriminated against anyone needing medical care, but none of that happened.
Instead, this altruistic, Christian and humanitarian organization is attacked by queers simply because it is a Christian organization, employing Christian workers who believe in the teachings of the Bible. That alone is their crime and the charge against them. And for that unforgiveable transgression and monstrous “evil,” they are denounced and banished.
As the gay political agenda was being slowly adopted into law back in the late 20th Century, we were routinely assured by its leftist proponents that it posed no threat to social order, free speech, the Constitution, or the right to religious liberty. Try telling that lie to Samaritan’s Purse.