The speaker of the New York City Council is demanding that the Christian organization Samaritan's Purse pack up its coronavirus field hospitals and leave the city now that they're no longer needed to patients, claiming the group's Biblical views on sexuality are an "affront" to the "values" of New York.
Corey Johnson delivered the bracing criticism on Twitter on Friday evening. Claiming the group was "led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham," Johnson wrote: "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."
"Hate has no place in our beautiful city," he added:
Full text of statement:
My statement on Samaritan's Purse:
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.
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 @NYCCouncil is committed to supporting those workers and protecting our city's public health. 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.
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."
Hate has no place in our beautiful city.