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Franklin Graham accuses New York officials of opposing coronavirus hospital over religious beliefs

Apr 16, 2020

By Kaelan Deese

The Rev. Franklin Graham on Tuesday accused New York officials of harassment for criticizing his medical organization, which has required workers at its Central Park field hospital to sign a pledge saying they are Christians who oppose gay marriage.

Graham made the accusation in a Facebook post shortly before Mount Sinai Health Systems, which is working with the evangelical leader’s group Samaritan’s Purse, informed state officials that it would require medical workers to sign a second pledge vowing to not discriminate against patients, according to The New York Times.

Samaritan’s Purse is considered a nondenominational evangelical organization that regularly provides aid and relief to developing countries.

Graham said in Tuesday’s Facebook post that the organization has never discriminated against patients but added that it had a right to “lawfully hire staff who share our Christian beliefs” because it is considered a religious charity.

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