The Torch Leadership Foundation’s Cross in Culture Podcast #6
This week, many Americans were shocked by the comments of some people who are seen as conservative leaders regarding two American medical workers who contracted the deadly Ebola virus and were brought back to the United States for treatment. Dr. Kent Brantly, who was working with Samaritan’s Purse at a hospital in Liberia, was brought back to the U.S. on August 2 after he tested positive for Ebola. He is being treated in isolation at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Another medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was working with Service in Mission in Liberia, is also being treated there.
It seems quite obvious that, at the very least, taking care of our own, no matter how dangerous the disease is, is the Christian, American, and humane thing to do. However, based on their comments in media interviews this past week, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ann Coulter don’t think so.
In their comments, Coulter and Trump seemed to suggest that those who sacrifice their own personal comfort to bring help to those who are less fortunate do not deserve our compassion when they face affliction because of it. Coulter wrote, "If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia." Donald Trump said, "The U.S. cannot allow Ebola infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great -- but must suffer the consequences."
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