Evangelical leader Franklin Graham downplayed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic after Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital announced his charity, Samaritan’s Purse, will close a field hospital set up in Central Park. The facility required staff to sign an affidavit condemning LGBTQ people and refused any LGBTQ volunteers.
Samaritan’s Purse responds to humanitarian tragedies with offers of help. They have been accused of being more interested in evangelizing than providing actual relief. The group set up shop in New York City in late March.
Despite the group’s response, Graham shrugged off the dangers of the virus, comparing it to heart disease and cancer. Neither cancer nor heart disease are infectious.
Since everyone eventually dies, Graham argues, liberals want to tank the economy to harm Trump’s chances of reelection.
“I agree that COVID-19 may be around for a while—human coronavirus has already been around in some form for many years,” Graham posted on social media. “But as a nation and as individuals, we have to learn to live with pandemics, whether it’s coronavirus or any other. We can’t hide in a cave until the world is free from every virus or threat.”
“One thing is 100% certain—we will all die. Each one of us will have to meet death.”
But while the hospital is closing and still treating their last patients, Graham posted that Democrats and the media are hyping the virus to harm President Donald Trump’s chances of re-election.
“Many in the left-leaning media want to project the worse-case scenarios relating to COVID-19,” Graham said. “It makes great headlines for them—and it produces fear in the public.”
“No matter how negative the reports are from the media and liberal politicians who want to use the coronavirus to destroy President Donald J. Trump, if we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we don’t have to be afraid. God made us. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and He knows the number of our days.”