EDITOR, The Tribune.
The individual or individuals behind the pseudonym, Front Porch, now a weekly columnist for The Tribune, are paragons of Bahamian left-wing liberalism.
In an October 2019 write-up entitled “Twisted theology and rancid homophobia of Rev Delton Fernander,” Front Porch said the following: “Infamous fundamentalists Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr and Pat Robertson have all manically claimed that hurricanes are often God’s punishment for homosexuality.”
This Front Porch piece was published on October 24, which was 54 days removed from Hurricane Dorian’s catastrophic landfall on Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Ironically, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team along with Samaritan’s Purse were in Abaco and Grand Bahama days after the passage of Dorian, assisting thousands of needy Bahamians and Haitians.
With the devastation to the Rand Memorial Hospital, the healthcare system being virtually at a standstill on Grand Bahama.
Samaritan Purse’s presence on Grand Bahama was a God-send. The announcement that Samaritan Purse has established a field hospital in Nassau with the aim of assisting the Public Hospitals Authority’s ongoing fight with the COVID-19 pandemic is welcome news, especially with the COVID-19 Dashboard recording over 5,600 confirmed infections in addition to 116 deaths.
According to The Tribune, Samaritan Purse will provide a 28-bed COVID-19 isolation and treatment centre.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, I understand, will work in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse.
Ironically, both relief organisations are headed by the “infamous fundamentalist” Franklin Graham.
What I find deeply disturbing and highly inappropriate about the aforementioned opinion piece was the timing of Front Porch’s broadside.
I stated last year in response to the columnist’s hit-piece that attacking Graham amounted to nothing more than biting the hand that feeds us and that an apology was in order.
Now approximately one year later, Mr Graham’s organisations are back in The Bahamas doing humanitarian work.
Meanwhile, Front Porch, to the best of my knowledge, has yet to acknowledge his wrongdoing in attacking the man for no legitimate reasons, other than the fact that Graham is an evangelical conservative.
October 19, 2020.