Major crises such as the world is experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic always bring out the true character in people, particularly political leaders. It is during these momentous events that we see specific separation between charity and avarice, between hope and despair and even between good and evil.

That separation was very apparent last week as New York political leaders took umbrage with the announced opening of a Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in New York City’s Central Park.

The non-denominational evangelical Christian outreach program founded by Franklin Graham, at the request from the city, constructed a 14-tent, 68-bed respiratory care unit to treat patients suffering from the COVID-19 virus. In the first day of its opening, April 1, Samaritan’s Purse nurses and doctors were treating 30 patients.

At the same time the field hospital was opening, N.Y. State Sen. Brad Hoylman, an aggressive supporter of LGBTQ concerns, was demanding that the hospital and its staff treat all comers, no matter their sexual preference. The motivation of Hoylman’s heavy handed demands and criticism stems from Samaritan’s Purse request that all their health care workers and volunteers - not the recipients of care, only the providers - adhere to a statement of faith that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Samaritan’s Purse founder Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, quickly responded by stating the obvious - that there would be no discrimination. Nowhere in the organization’s operations is there a denial of service to those who do not share the same perspective or faith beliefs of the organization and its founder. In fact, Samaritan’s Purse is noted for its outreach efforts around the world, even in countries that oppose Christianity.  In 2004 the organization set up hospitals and sent medical personnel to Indonesia, where Islam is the predominant religion, to assist in the recovery following a devastating tsunami that killed more than a quarter million people.

Sadly, the New York state senator’s remarks exemplify the way politicians are using the suffering of others to promote a political or cultural agenda. The medical, scientific and business communities are focused on solving the immense threat to humanity caused by the COVID-19 virus and yet this New York state senator looks at the contribution of assistance as an opportunity to slap the extended hand of help just to make a political statement.

In closing his remarks, Hoylman stated. “It’s a shame that the federal government has left New York with no other choice but to accept charity from bigots.”  We wonder, will this New York state senator say the same should assistance be provided by Muslim or Jewish organizations that also have strong faith beliefs that do not accept same sex marriage?

It is oxymoronic that Hoylman accused the charitable Samaritan’s Purse of bigotry. Considering his obvious revulsion of Christians and the Christian ethic, it is painfully obvious that N.Y. State Senator Brad Hoylman and others who were equally critical are the real bigots.

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JusticeForAll

Leave emotion out of this argument because it skews the facts. Of course, there will be death. It is a fact of living. What we are attempting to do, with our excessive response to this virus, is control when we die. Other than suicide, humans have no control on their inevitable demise. This virus is a natural occurring phenomenon within the human species. It has no direction or intention. It uses your DNA to replicate itself. This virus is contagious, but most humans are able to "live" if they become infected with it. The number of people who do not survive is small in numbers in comparison to most diseases, other viruses, and other forms of death. This pandemic has been expected, but there are far worse ones on the horizon and our response to this one is increasing the probability that those virus will take most humans off the planet. We are not allowing our immunity systems to build to combat more aggressive viruses. So is the short term "panic" worth the long term survival of our species? Our economic system should have never been comprised to save the numbers we are talking about. If you are going to use the argument that we are "saving" lives, then you have to justify that against all others means of death on this planet. The math does not validate the claims. Bringing down our economic system is going to far more detrimental to our world. That is where we need to turn our attention, because the math confirms it.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

The statistics don't support the hysteria we are seeing. The media is focused on the reported infection rates alone. These are the result of testing only a small group of subjects, thus the infection rate vs. death rate is skewed. Also, death from more common sources far exceed the coronavirus death rates, yet there was no panic. Even homicide exceeds this virus death rate. Falls, suicide, car wrecks all exceed coronavirus deaths. The common flu kills more. The difference is the media coverage, the hype, and the bailouts.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

I agree with JFA here.

drewski

The S.P. does a lot of good works. Last time I checked Franklin Graham gets a $600,000. a yr salary from S.P. thats in addition to the vast sums he has accumulated from his fathers empire. I just pray I can be in line right behind him on judgement day so I may here what he has to say when jesus asks Why did you take over a half a million a yr from your charity? Were there no good works that money could have accomplished?

dc

Just more divine intervention. Our president was elected against all odds.

Ironically, Communist China by accident or on purpose is, along with Russia, Iran & an axis of evil, trying to convince a world it contaminated, through misinformation & propaganda that the U.S. is responsible for their pandemic. Unsurprisingly, the usual Left Wing Socialists/Communists Ds & their ilk are wittingly carrying their water. The president's unmatched insight & leadership is masterfully steering the ship to a safe harbor. The destruction & damage Communist China's virus has imposed on the U.S. & the world's health, economies & spirits will linger. However, much to the disappointment of those forces of evil previously noted we will recover & prosper thanks to a leader the likes of which we've never known. And, just maybe this has been a wakeup call for the world about the evils of Communist China & its fellow travelers.

JusticeForAll

Emotions have driven this beast. History will show the poor actions of this administration. Facts have been ignored. Seems more like an episode of the Twilight Zone.

David Collins

Have done a lot of reading about this virus as well as had conversations with medical professionals . It appears that the world wide medical community is far less encumbered by nation states and the political games currently at play . They take their profession seriously and are not hesitant to collaborate by any means possible . That is what will knock this problem down . Also in play are the often maligned millionaires and billionaires. While it is true that they did not make it on their own , they were smart enough to know their limitations . At that point they hired the brightest and best , at great expense , to solve problems . That is what some of these guys are doing right now . Personally funding research and development of new vaccines and medical equipment totally free of government red tape and incompetence . I believe that when the dust finally settles it is they who will be the unsung heroes . Thennnn we will forget . We always do .

dc

Sure no emotions with the Spanish Flu & all the others just lots of death. Been lots more in China than the Communist & Zi dictator for life regime claims. Like David says the private sector health professionals & industry stepped up for us & unless something more drastic than is in view fools them our fatality numbers should provide relief for at least this episode & hopefully preparedness for the future. Military health professionals & logistics deserve credit as well.

David Collins

Hindsight is always 20/20 . Actually the biggest blame , for now , lies at the feet of our intelligence community for not recognizing the threat for what it is early in the game . Is it a coincidence that China’s version of a level 4 bio lab is located Just down the road from Wuhan ? Is a duck a duck ? There is blame a plenty going around for we are only humans with built in faults . That will never change .

DeadBolt

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JusticeForAll

Guess there are all kinds of batsh*! ideas out there. Then let's add to the coincidence game that this virus conveniently showed up as our stock market collapsed. Blaming this on this virus is the distraction of the century. The measures taken to fight the "war" on this virus have added to the financial mess, but the indicators for the collapse were in place well before this virus appeared.

dc

Couldn't agree more on Intel. Terrorists couldn't have dreamed of a better way to destroy the civilized world. We can only hope the civilized world learned a major lesson & will become better prepared & quickly. If we don't wake up about all borders & not just on the ground we're doomed. Over 420,000 on direct flights from the virus area. No telling how many more dispersed all over our homeland. Sending a strong message to the world to those taking advantage of the situation was smart too. Land, air & sea borders against all things imaginable has got to be an unyielding priority. The open borders crowd have got to be defeated but it's not going to be easy if at all possible. Whoever & wherever these people are they are enemies of the American way of life & our Constitution & Republic.

David Collins

First of all , the stock market is always overbought or oversold . While it is true that cracks were beginning to show mostly due to companies growing by acquisition and therefore loading up on debt . Certainly a correction was due . This virus added to the mix by fueling the fears of uncertainties , therefore a flight to gain liquidity . Just in case . The fact that a large number of CEOs bailed , taking their severance packages with them , is not lost as well . Just the way things work on the corner of Wall Street and Broad . Investing is not for the faint of heart and never has been .

dc

Market crash & virus is a conspiracy? That's a new isn`t?

DeadBolt

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David Collins

A conspiracy , heck , I don’t really know . To be sure the possibility exists due to the fact that we and PRC are embraced in a adversarial relationship . Friendly enemies if you wish . What better way to undermine our economy than a one two punch . One could say that it is a form of sanctions , Chinese style . The two symbols of our government , the lumbering elephant and the stubborn donkey , do not make for quick decisive decisions on the best of days . Certainly not in stressful uncertain times like these . China can pivot on a dime due to one man rule and a subservient population . As Jimmie Buffett has said , life is often stranger than fiction .

dc

Good one. Jake, Schumer & many others can't keep up. Some folks do indeed have a hard time keeping up with him & his team & especially him.. It they weren't so busy trying to concoct how to keep him from becoming president & then trying to impeach him maybe they could actually do something good for the country & even possibly keep an eye on the world players, events, & plagues that might need more attention than getting rid of him.

DeadBolt

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JusticeForAll

Jake Tapeworm is pretty lame. Yawn. No news, just doing what every wanna be you tuber does- trying to get subscribers.

JusticeForAll

Nope dc, no conspiracy, They are not that smart. All they did was take a natural occurring event and create panic to deflect the significance of our economic situation. Enjoy the last gasp, the bottom is here.

Sagacity

Well, I stumbled into this exercise in conspiracy theory and paranoia y’all are having. Excuse me though, the stench is getting to me. I may be back after I get a mask that filters the odor. Carry on now.

dc

Be more positive. Some old folks have been through worse but they don't want this virus. If push comes to shove you can plant a garden & maybe even some flowers & a butterfly bush. You already one right?

dc

Can you give us a warning before you return so we can grab a respirator?

JusticeForAll

Well, as I sit on my back porch, I'm watching the golfers, which the numbers have risen quite a bit during this pandemic, all over the age of 60, not abiding by the 6 ft. rule, having a grand time. All the yards in my neighborhood, which consist mainly of retirees, are well manicured with lovely flowers they bought at the big box hardware stores, because flowers are essential. They are a little peeved they can not walk to the beach. The old folks seem less concerned about this virus, evident by the sheer number of them out and about every day. I am a realist. I look at all views and question everything. Being positive or negative is irrelevant. I am hopeful that enough humans will see through this fiasco and find a direction that is advantageous for our world. I did plant a vegetable garden, which I always do, and it is doing well, thanks for the suggestion. And a respirator will not help with the stock market bottom. Sorry.

Butterfly out.

dc

Respirator not meant for you.

dc

Those old golfers are truly brave souls & probably are or think they are rich enough to buy their own ventilator. If they do happen upon the wet market virus (not PC to say China as WHO owl might get upset) they probably should do the cocktail because it's evidently too late by the time it's needed. Since they can't go to the beach an occasional swim in the course pond might sanitize 'em. But the clubhouse might be an entirely different story. Hey, isn't the market up? The president has the con headed back to smooth sailing.

JusticeForAll

Did not say the respirator was for me. And yea, the stock market is up, what do you think the last gasp is?

dc

From a national financial status view solvency passed long before this admin so too late to worry. From a health view there are possible things an individual, family or even a nation can do to prolong the inevitable. If we don't act on it then we're what? Smart? You do see a health professional occasionally don't you? Yes, we're told that children who aren't allowe d to play in the dirt don't have as tough immune syst ems as those who do. The germs from a wet market evidently spreading across the world killing many in its path is a little different. That said, I'd agree that shutting down our economy based on "models" & advice of a few people may not have been the best decision especially coming from one of those health gurus & I've posted common sense articles relating to that. All the articles, comparing charts, etc from awhile back suggested to me that our death numbers would probably be in the 60-70K range. Now, that looks likely. However, I certainly believe shutting off direct flights from China, EU, etc was smart & I don't fault anyone for deciding to play it safe with potentially massive loss of life if you don't have fairly certain info to the contrary. The economy & market can recover. It always has & the right person is currently there to make it happen. I think the "last gasp" is probably from a demented 99 year-old shriveled up like a prune right before they go holler "come get mama I'm eating dirt". Smile.

JusticeForAll

"The economy & market can recover." It will not come back to what we had. And the journey is going to be long and arduous. We just gave the 1% more money and more power, so let's see how it goes.

"...the right person is currently there to make it happen." Wrong. So wrong.

"I think the "last gasp" is probably from a demented 99 year-old shriveled up like a prune right before they go holler "come get mama I'm eating dirt." Then obviously the dirt worked because the are 99. And again, it describes the economic conditions, not health environment.

dc

There's bad stuff in dirt, water and air that can kill but doesn't always cause a pandemic. Tell us again exactly how you would have handled it. Besides yourself who do you think would be the right person to lead of us?

dc

What did we have that won't come back? What did we have before the Civil War, WWI, Spanish Flu, Great Depression, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, 9/11, financial meltdown & now this & everything before & between all the aforementioned? Other than the purely "financial meltdowns" we had varying degrees of loss of life including this Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus. So, were there varying degrees of financial losses in all of them also? Could any of it been prevented? Absolutely. Change in behavior & thinking would help greatly. Stalin &/or Mao probably killed more of their own people than all of the aforementioned put together. A little & occasional feast & lots of war & famine. So what's new in human events? This stuff even goes back to Biblical times & before doesn't it? When a leader talks about not liking war & death & obviously likely prosperity I'm onboard.

dc

Sub word "likes" for "likely".

dc

In less than 20 years this country has been temporarily brought to its knees basically from the destruction centered in NYC by actions &/or inactions & the evils of two enemies of the U.S. (i.e. radical Islam & Communist Chinese Party). So, it might be advantageous to remove &/or relocate those monumental attractions that have caused the devastation. Wall Street & its associated financial institutions should be able to survive disbursed in other diverse locations. At the total resistance & chagrin of its bureaucrats the Dept of Agriculture has undertaken such a move & it probably still functions. The UN is useless so it could be easily disestablished & save us lots of tax dollars. The WTC likewise since world trade has turned into China against the rest of the world. Aside from that our Intel apparatus needs to be laser-focused on these two enemies of America & what it stands for rather than their past tendencies in working with the D party in an effort to destroy an individual, his supporters & our institutions of freedom.

dc

Ike said if not for the Higgins boats that landed troops at Nornandy & the islands in the Pacific then WWII would have been a different picture. Small businessman Huggins built the boat that made the difference. A good lesson for the world & why Wall St & NYC & all its trappings might not be as important as they think they are.

JusticeForAll

Will not get into the petty stuff, because there are science/history books out there to answer your questions.

But, if I had to choose someone to lead us, in the public political arena, right now, my choice would be Trey Gowdy.

What we won't have coming back, apparently, if the powers be, is hand shaking.

If Trump doesn't like war and death, they measures he is taking are pushing us toward both at a rapid rate. There are severe long term consequences to the short term remedies he is asserting.

Some questions for you...Where is all the money coming from to fund the $600. extra we are going to give the unemployed. There are almost 17 million now, that times 600. is $10,200,000,000. a week. In one month it goes to $40,8000,000,000. Keep doing the math. And unemployed don't generate tax revenue. And who knows how many will remain unemployed for a long time. So, hope Trump's magic wand works and the economy goes back to point A, with even better bells and whistles.

And all those unemployed are going to be without health insurance, plus all their dependents, which will skyrocket the numbers upward of 50 million of uninsured. Now, what if these people get an illness, such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. How are they going to get treated and how many deaths will occur because they had no medical insurance? Bet it far exceeds our the viruses numbers. Just because the math confirms it.

And could you let me know, that how, if you are not tested everyday for Covid-19, that you know, without doubt, you don't have it? Just because you tested negative last week, does not mean you have not contracted it since. And it seems most of us are carriers, without any symptoms.

I have more questions once those are answered.

Have a wonder day full of bunny rabbits and chocolate eggs!

dc

Simple. What about $ printed & dropped all over the world after 9/11, ME Wars, & meltdown? After you do the math if your calculator melts I'll loan you mine. Trey has always been one of my favorites too but he is far from DT. Thought there was a time when you supported the president.

dc

BTW anybody that badmouths the president needs to think more about for-life dictator Xi & his Chinese Communist Party & what the future holds for the world especially the U.S. The president loves this country unlike the Ds & all communists worldwide even the lightweight ones. They are your enemy that you need to fear not him.

JusticeForAll

Worthless paper money has been the norm for a while. Saw this coming back in the 90's. Our national debt will never be paid because it is impossible, mathematically. So we have become conditioned to accept our financial irresponsibility.

I am a realist. I am a Constitutionalist. I no longer support a particular party. I support individuals who are strong advocates of our constitution. I voted against Hillary, whom I still despise. I gave Trump a chance, but the more he opens his mouth, the more I regret my vote. The people around him, no better.

I love my country, always have and will until my last breathe.

dc

Agree with everything except him opening his mouth. If he doesn't speak & continue speaking the Ds & the world with few exceptions will destroy him & the country. Not a silver-tongued BSing anti-Constitutionalist like his predecessor.

dc

BTW can you name any Ds that are strong advocates of the Constitution?

dc

With the exception of Bill Maher don't recall Ds challenging the Communist Chinese Party's juggernaut & disinformation propaganda machine & evil axis empire supporters. Now, remember Maher was the great patriot who was hoping for a deep recession to oust our president. If anything the Ds support the CCP propaganda. Nice little D Fauci says we can wait until this is over to evaluate China's role. No, we can't wait! Now is the worse possible time patriots could pick not be supportive of our president in challenging the Chinese Communists & their purposeful deceit about their virus & the worldwide damage they have caused by that deceit. WHO has much to answer for also.

dc

Couple of days ago news Wuhan was cutting it's "cured" virus patients loose to roam the world. Then news evidently some "cured" showing reinfection. Anybody want some of their antibodies? Besides eating anything but their own & then who knows? They supposedly have altered the human genome, harvest organs of live "prisoners" & no telling what other inhumane & uncivilized behavior. One would think the WHO would intervene. They have to take their money & support the Chinese Communist Party in their quest to conquer the world without firing a shot not that they wouldn't.

JusticeForAll

Read "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright.

dc

To live & thrive you need basically what water, food & sunlight? Some say disease, natural disasters, wars, civil unrest, birth rates, etc haven't kept population growth to a sustainable level worldwide. Flip side our birth rate said to be too low for labor force. Can America's farmers feed us? Maybe & maybe not. Plenty of exporting & importing to make up any shortfall currently. About 85% of our land area goes to farming with a much lower % taken up in urban sprawl. By far most of our farmland goes to feed farm animals. And there's ethanol for fuel which could go away & never be missed. Do we really need that much meat & milk? For nutrients leafy greens, other vegetables & milk probably but meat? Maybe not even milk. Lots of "artificial" foods nowadays but they contain whey, soy, & other goodies or junk depending. Bottom line food may or may not be a problem in 2050 & beyond. Water might be a different story but there's desalinization at a hefty cost. We as a country can make a difference around the edges with all forms of pollution & we have but then there's China, India & others. Lots of civilizations have come & gone & expect a few more will. Can't even begin to fathom what future civilizations will be like & what they will say about us.

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