I don’t care if I die…as long as I take Trump down.

Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in NYC Central Park

Anti-Trump protesters are organizing a rally in Times Square Monday against the president’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. Refuse Fascism (Are they the same as, or different than, Antifascism i.e. Antifa, trolling for notoriety by invoking Fascism?) previously held protests outside the Senate’s impeachment proceedings and organized simultaneous protests in other urban areas nationwide. The protesters understand the danger involved in ignoring coronavirus social distancing guidelines issued by government officials, according to Refuse Fascism organizer Emma Kaplan. She said in a statement that she viewed Mr. Trump and Vice President Pence’s response to the crisis as “killing people and threatening humanity,” so her group felt compelled to gather in New York City despite the public health concerns. (So they can emphasize what a lousy job Trump has done by further spreading the virus)

“Like the brave health care workers in the hospitals, we know public protest is a risk to take, but what we fear more is what will happen to humanity at Trump’s hands if we don’t demand action now,” Ms. Kaplan said. (“Like healthcare workers?” Really? So you can help those brave souls by risking further spread?) Refuse Fascism said on Twitter it was attempting to “pre-select” its protesters in order to “mitigate risk as much as possible.” (I’m sure thatvwill make all the difference. “Pre-select”how?) Among the protesters’ demands are that Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence be removed from office, that the federal government “provide aid and protection for humanity globally not just for Americans,” and that the U.S. government immediately release everyone not convicted of a violent crime from the prisons, jails and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention. (My my, what a credible and noble list of demands! Surely we’ll now take you seriously).

Mayor Bill de Blasio still hasn’t shut down the public parks in New York City, despite multiple complaints from the health officials. But he’s threatening to shut down some other facilities. Those would be the churches and synagogues who continue to hold services during the ban on gatherings of more than ten people. “A small number of religious communities, specific churches and specific synagogues, are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s so widespread,” the New York Democrat said Friday at his daily press briefing. “I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” he added. De Blasio said that continued resistance of authorities to close religious services could mean a permanent shutdown. (I don’t suppose the Refuse Fascism rally will be refused a permit. Yes, keep the public parks open but close churches and synagogues. Maybe church congregations should refuse fascism)

Meanwhile, the global Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse is setting up an emergency field hospital in New York City’s Central Park in order to help the Big Apple as it struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. “People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,” Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse, said in a statement on Sunday. “We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to help carry this burden. This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus.”

“Medical facilities are running out of beds in their intensive care units, as about 20 percent of all people who test positive in New York City are requiring hospitalization. Ventilators and critical medical equipment are also in short supply,” Samaritan’s Purse claimed in the statement. “Lord, our name is on the side of these trucks, but more importantly, Your Name is on the side of these trucks. We commit ourselves and our mission to You,” prayed Luther Harrison, Samaritan’s Purse vice president for North American ministries, as the trucks carrying the field hospital left North Carolina and began the drive to New York City. Volunteers from local churches (Church of the City, Redeemer, Emmanuel) came out in the windy, wet cold to build the hospital.

Earlier this month, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted a 68-bed emergency field hospital to Milan, Italy.”We have an unbelievable staff willing to do this and share the hope of Jesus Christ along with their medical expertise,” Edward Graham, Franklin Graham’s youngest son and assistant to the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, told media at the Italy airlift. “Medicine is a magnet for the Gospel.” Franklin Graham is the eldest son of the late evangelical preacher Billy Graham, who brought about something of a revival through his “Crusades.” Samaritan’s Purse is best known for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send shoeboxes full of gifts to children in poor countries.

Gee, you mean that Franklin Graham, the “racist” anti-LGBTQ+ “hate monger”? What the heck are they doing, setting up a hospital to help relieve the burden on “the brave health care workers in the hospitals” instead of joining the Refuse Fascism rally? I guess there’s no way Mr. Graham would ever pass the “pre-selection” of protesters. Why aren’t they out there vilifying Trump, threatening to close synagogues, demanding criminals be set free? Just what kind of priorities do you have Mr. Graham?