Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham has defended Samaritan’s Purse after LGBT activists criticised the ministry’s Christian-based response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Under his leadership, Samaritan’s Purseis running an emergency field hospital in New York’s Central Park.

But LGBT activists have criticised the ministry for requiring its members hold Christian views.

“It’s true, for 50 years, we have asked our paid staff to subscribe to a Statement of Faith—but we have never asked any of the millions of people we have served to subscribe to anything,” Graham said in a statement.

“In other words, as a religious charity, while we lawfully hire staff who share our Christian beliefs, we do not discriminate in who we serve.

“We have provided billions of dollars of medical care and supplies, food and water, and emergency shelter without any conditions whatsoever,” he said.

“Our Christian faith compels us—like the biblical Good Samaritan—to love and serve everyone in need, regardless of their faith or background.”

Graham said he did not mind opposition or criticism, but objected to harassment that diverted personnel from serving COVID-19 victims due to demands for documents and other information.