June 2020 Church & State Magazine | AU Bulletin

Christian nationalist Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse has closed down a controversial field hospital it had opened in New York City.

The field hospital was intended to assist medical personnel in treating coronavirus victims. It operated in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System.

Many LGBTQ-rights advocates in the city objected to the involvement of Graham, an ally of President Donald Trump who is known for his anti-LGBTQ views. Samaritan’s Purse insisted it would not discriminate against any patient, but some members of the LGBTQ community said they would not be comfortable accepting care at the field hospital.

The field hospital, which was set up in Central Park, was dismantled after coronavirus cases in New York City began to decline, freeing up beds in other hospitals.