Evangelical field hospital requires health workers to take anti-gay pledge

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04/09/2020

Staff must agree to a statement of faith that says ‘marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.’ An evangelical Christian organization called Samaritan’s Purse set up an emergency field hospital in New York on April 1 to help New Yorkers through the COVID-19 crisis, but some LGBTQ advocacy groups are concerned about how well it is serving the city’s LGBTQ population. Franklin Graham is the CEO and president of Samaritan’s Purse and has close ties to Donald Trump, serving as an unofficial spiritual adviser. The son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, he has made a number of homophobic comments over the years, including one that targeted former presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg. Since Samaritan’s Purse arrived in New York, there has been some controversy over its presence and whether it has the right to ask volunteers to read and agree with a statement of faith.

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