WE are continually warned that doctors who believe in traditional marriage might deny medical treatment to gay patients.
Amazingly, the New York City Council has turned this on its head and decided to deny gay patients to doctors who believe in traditional marriage. That’ll teach the bigots!
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced at the weekend that it was “time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC”.
He tweeted: “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.”
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, set up a 68-bed respiratory care unit in Central Park after theFederal Emergency Management Agency asked them to assist local hospitals overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.
The problem though, explained Mr Johnson, was that while the doctors supply correct care they do so with incorrect opinions.
“Samaritan’s Purse,” he revealed, “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.”
If Samaritan’s Purse is filled with hate they are doing a terrible job of showing it. Over the past four weeks the Christian charity’s 72 member disaster response team – including doctors and nurses – have provided free medical care to hundreds of New Yorkers, and all without first checking if patients were gay.
But this did not deter Mr Johnson, a gay man who had a long history of LGBT activism before being elected to the New York City Council in 2013.
The second most powerful elected figure in America’s largest city continued: “I’m aware that our battle against COVID-19 is still ongoing, and that our health care system still needs support. 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.”
In other words, as tolerant people, we must run these people with different beliefs out of town.
Well, nothing proves your commitment to “inclusion” and “diversity” and “health care” like denying medical aid for the sick because the medics providing that aid happen to hold views about the definition of marriage that don’t conform to the State approved narrative.
Mr Johnson tweeted that “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” by which he presumably meant “this group, led by a Christian, answered our city’s call to help residents of all races, religions, genders & orientations at great personal risk when New York City medical infrastructure had failed them”.
It’s quite a way to say “thank you”.