On Friday, a U.S. federal judge issued an injunction against New York officials, saying it’s likely unconstitutional to restrict gatherings at houses of worship while allowing mass gatherings at protests and not similarly restricting businesses.
New Yorkers haven’t quite known whether to embrace or rebuff the Samaritan's Purse. As soon as it became clear that New York City was becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, Samaritan’s Purse struck an agreement with the overstretched Mount Sinai Hospital to treat a surge of patients needing immediate medical help.
But even before the field hospital accepted its first patient, old culture war issues, with no connection to the coronavirus, broke open.
LGBTQ activists stood several yards away from the Samaritan’s Purse field hospital on the East Meadow lawn and blasted city and state officials and Mount Sinai Hospital for partnering with the evangelical humanitarian relief organization treating overflow patients suffering from the coronavirus, on Tuesday.