The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is adding nearly 400 beds to the nave of the church for patients from Mt. Sinai a couple of blocks away. The cathedral leadership had been talking to Mt. Sinai about how it could help, given the space and resources it has.
The cathedral will be working with Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian relief organization run by Franklin Graham that also set up tents in Central Park. That group has drawn criticism for making volunteers agree to a “statement of faith” that opposes same-sex marriage. Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and others have said the city needs to make sure the group does not discriminate against any patients.
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman spoke with Bishop Clifton Daniel about why the cathedral — known for its advocacy of LGBTQ issues — decided to work with the organization. “Now, I know what Franklin Graham stands for, and I am not for what he stands for at all. But at the same time, we’re in the business of saving lives and helping people,” he said, in part. Read the whole interview here.