Catholic group slams de Blasio’s bigoted response to Samaritan’s Purse coronavirus field hospital

(The Atlantic/NBC News video screenshots)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to join left-wing activists in pillorying the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse for its otherwise noble coronavirus relief efforts has earned him the ire of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

In an op-ed, the organization’s CEO, William Donohue, described de Blasio as a “delinquent mayor” and accused him of being “worried that someone who is sick with coronavirus may catch the ‘Christian virus.’

Is he paranoid? Or just a bigot?” he wrote.

The mayor’s likely both, though he’s not alone in his clear-cut bigotry.

After the charity — a creation of renowned Christian evangelist and missionary Rev. Franklin Graham — recently erected a makeshift coronavirus ward/hospital in NYC’s Central Park, anti-Christian left-wing activists pounced.


De Blasio, who’s already under fire for threatening to shutter places of worship that don’t abide by his shutdown order, soon followed suit.

During a press conference Tuesday, he said that he’d found it “very troubling” when he first learned of the charity’s plans.

“I said immediately to my team that we had to find out exactly what was happening,” he reportedly said. “Was there going to be an approach that was truly consistent with the values and the laws in New York City, that everyone would be served and served equally?”

While Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian organization whose founder, Rev. Graham, believes in and has lobbied on behalf of traditional marriage — which many Americans also support — the accusation that it must, therefore, be guilty of discriminating against homosexuals is a clear-cut form of anti-Christian bigotry.

One not based in reality:

It’s the same bigotry that the chicken fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A has faced, despite its track record of treating everybody — including gays — like rock stars.

De Blasio then admitted during the presser that he’d received “assurances” that Samaritan’s Purse would behave.

“I spoke earlier today with the CEO of the Mount Sinai system, Dr. Ken Davis, who was adamant that they will only continue their relationship with the organization if those rules are followed, that they have a written agreement, that there’s going to be no discrimination whatsoever,” he said.

Nevertheless, he continued, he plans to closely scrutinize the charity’s behavior, even as he authorizes the release of countless criminals.

“We’re going to send people over from the Mayor’s Office to monitor,” he said. “So I’m very concerned to make sure this is done right. But if it is done right, of course, we need all the help we can get.”

Samaritan’s Pursue has for its part issued a statement through the media disputing the unsubstantiated allegations that it intends to discriminate.

“Every patient that is transferred to Samaritan’s Pursue through Mt. Sinai will be given expert, compassionate care, with no distinction based on religion or any other qualification, including insurance status,” the charity said.

Graham has echoed this sentiment.

“We’re coming to help the people of New York, and of course we don’t discriminate,” he said earlier this week to Sean Spicer of Newsmax. “We love everybody the same, and I want everyone to know that God loves them too.”


Despite all this, the anti-Christian bigotry on Twitter continues unabated, though it’s slowly but surely beginning to be drowned out by the voices of those who genuinely believe (versus pretend to believe) that love trumps hate.



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