In the midst of the fight against coronavirus pandemic Central Park field hospital definitely makes its contribution for the public good. However, its managing organization, Samaritan’s Purse is quite persistent in implementing religious dogmas. As we reported previously, the field hospital was forced to treat all the patients equally thanks to the intervention of Governor Cuomo, New York Attorney General James and other officials.
“We don’t discriminate against anybody we help. We provide our services to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation. We don’t discriminate. Period,”
reads the statement of Franklin Graham, CEO and President of the organization. Let us repeat it. “We don’t discriminate against anybody we help.” Does it imply that the discrimination is allowed against anybody else they do not treat? Unfortunately, it does. LGBTQ activist James Finn experienced it himself when trying to volunteer for the Samaritan’s Purse. When trying to sign up online he was unable to complete an application without accepting explicitly anti-LGBTQ policies of the organization. The attempt has also failed by phone with the organization representative referring to Christianity as a reason for Finn rejection. This is just a fact. Is there any hope for treating LGBTQ patients equally? Maybe, the NYC officials should intervene again.