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The makeshift hospital in New York City is being run by none other than anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham

Josh Milton March 31, 2020
A group run by anti-LGBT reverend Franklin Graham constricted a 68-bed jury-rigged hospital to combat the city's rising coronavirus caseload. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

A group run by anti-LGBT reverend Franklin Graham constricted a 68-bed jury-rigged hospital to combat the city's rising coronavirus caseload. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

On Tuesday morning, a makeshift hospital in New York City’s Central Park sprouted as the skyscrapers surrounding it looked on.

It was an effort to aid the city’s hospitals on dire straits as the coronavirus pandemic bears down on public health services. Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organisation, stepped in.

But as mayor Bill de Blasio praised the nondenominational evangelical Christian humanitarian group, he forgot to mention it’s run by anti-LGBT+ preacher Franklin Graham.

Thought you’d seen the last of him after every single one of his UK tour venues dropped him?

Attendees look on as reverend Franklin Graham, notoriously anti-LGBT, speaks. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Attendees look on as reverend Franklin Graham, notoriously anti-LGBT, speaks. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Trump-loving preacher and son of Billy Graham is known for praising Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws and blaming gay people for a “moral 9/11”.

Volunteers must sign severely anti-gay ‘statement of faith’ to join hospital task force.

It was a sight jarring to New Yorkers.

A spot in the East Meadows once heaving with gawking tourists and panting joggers was transformed into a giant field hospital which will house 68 beds, according to Samaritan’s Purse.

White tents rose from the trimmed grass, crates of medical supplies covered where picnic blankets were once unfurled, as volunteers from local church groups set to work.

On Sunday, the organisation put out a call to Christian doctors, nurses, paramedics and other medics willing to tend to those sickened with COVID-19.

All volunteers and healthcare staffers had to read and adhere to a statement of faith in which marriage is defined as “exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female” and the unrighteous are sentenced to “everlasting punishment in hell”.

We are sure such a pledge will significantly better the treatment they offer patients. Certain of it. Absolutely 100 per cent sure of it, yes.

New York City Hall insists Franklin Graham hospital will adhere to anti-discriminatory policy.

The ad hoc respiratory unit will, organisers say, tend to patients from Mount Sinai, the city’s prime hospital network.

When pressed by gothamist on whether the enlisting pledge was discriminatory and on Graham’s egregious track record, a City Hall representative did not say the office was concerned about the pledge.

“Our record on human rights is clear; and we are confident that the joint effort by Mt Sinai and Samaritan’s Purse will save New Yorkers’ lives while adhering to the values we hold dear by providing care to anyone who needs it, regardless of background,” the spokesperson said.

An emergency field hospital was being constructed in Central Park in New York City. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
An emergency field hospital constructed in Central Park in New York City to ease the pressure of the city’s soaring number of coronavirus patients. (Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

They added that as the unit will operate as a Mount Sinai facility, it must adhere to hospital policy around discrimination.

“The Mount Sinai Health System complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate, exclude, or treat people differently on the basis of race, colour, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression,” the network’s policy reads.

Moreover, gay New York senator Brad Hoylman delivered a swift broadside against Graham, urging the religious leader to “publicly assure LGBT+ New Yorkers that they will receive the same treatment as everyone else”.

“COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate,” he wrote in a statement published on Twitter Monday, “and neither should Franklin Grahan.

“It’s unacceptable that a New Yorker infected with COVID-19 could be subjected to discriminatory treatment from an organisation whose leader calls [the LGBT+ community] ‘immoral’ and ‘detestable’.”

Samaritan's Purse volunteers, many from state churches, hoisted metal polls and carted crates of equipment to build a temporary coronavirus hospital. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)
Samaritan’s Purse volunteers, many from state churches, hoisted metal polls and carted crates of equipment to build a temporary coronavirus hospital. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Samaritan’s Purse also funded and opened a field hospital in Cremona, Milan, according to a news release from the organisation dropped Monday.

“We have more than 65 disaster relief personnel on the ground in Italy serving in Jesus’ Name,” the statement read.

More: Bill de Blasio, Coronavirus, COVID-19, franklin graham, New York, New York City, US

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