• In America, 2020: Christians Kicked Out of NYC, Shut Down In VA

    Surge Summary: In New York City’s hateful reaction to Samaritan Purse’s coronavirus field hospital to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s selective restrictions against churches in his state, anti-Christian hostility is in evidence today in the United States of America.

    by Gary Bauer

    Last month, we told you about the reception Franklin Graham’s wonderful organization Samaritan’s Purse received from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio when the group set up a field hospital to help with coronavirus outbreak.  The hospital has treated more than 300 people.

    Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson attacked Franklin Graham Friday and demanded that the Samaritan’s Purse hospital leave the city.  Johnson tweeted:

    “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. That time has passed.  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.”

    It was announced over the weekend by local media outlets that the Samaritan’s Purse hospital will begin shutting down its operations today and leave the city in two weeks.  One reporter added that the “decision was made to sever ties after controversy over the group’s religious views.”

    Hostility to Christianity is now ingrained in the cultural and political left.  That should frighten every believer, no matter what political party they are in.

    Speaking of hostility to faith, the Justice Department is weighing in on behalf of a Virginia pastor who was cited by local police for violating Gov. Ralph Northam’s edict banning church services during the coronavirus pandemic.

    While Northam declared abortion clinics to be “essential businesses” and allowed Virginians to gather in liquor stores, churches were banned from hosting services with more than 10 people.

    When Lighthouse Fellowship Church allowed 16 people to attend a service last month in its 225-seat sanctuary, police officers issued Reverend Kevin Wilson a criminal citation for violating the governor’s order.  Wilson is potentially facing a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.  Siding with Pastor Wilson, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, said:

    “For many people of faith, exercising religion is essential, especially during a crisis.  The Commonwealth of Virginia has offered no good reason for refusing to trust congregants who promise to use care in worship in the same way it trusts accountants, lawyers, and other workers to do the same.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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