Mayor Bill de Blasio’s despicable baiting of Samaritan’s Purse

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, they say, though when Mayor Bill de Blasio is on hand, the other end of the animal is usually involved.

Gotham’s chief executive this week might have accepted with some grace an offer of assistance from a crisis-tested, and devoutly Christian, emergency-relief organization — but he gave it the fisheye instead.

It seems that in Blasville, evangelical Christians armed with tons of the sophisticated medical equipment so sorely lacking in the city right now, plus the expertise to use it, are presumptively suspect. And are perhaps to be expelled.

Thus it was with Samaritan’s Purse, the unapologetically fundamentalist rolling rescue squad perhaps best known for the Ebola clinics it established in West and Central Africa over the past decade.

And, of course, for its traditionalist views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage — neither of which the group has much patience for. And that’s to put it mildly.

Which isn’t surprising, given that Samaritan’s Purse was founded by Franklin Graham, the son of tent-revivalist-cum-counselor-to-presidents Billy Graham — a fellow who pulled no punches when it came to the tension between his view of Scripture and contemporary American mores. He was, in a word, a scold.

Franklin minces no words ­either, which is entirely his business. But he also lives his views — hence Samaritan’s Purse, which draws its name from the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan and which defines its mission in simple terms.

“‘Why did you come?’ ” asks its website. “The answer is always the same: ‘We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.’”

Those are jarring words to many — but the fact is, whether it’s Ebola in Africa, brutal sectarian warfare in the Balkans or even tornados in Tennessee, ­Samaritan’s Purse arrives and sets about doing what it sees as God’s work.

It has been active in Italy since coronavirus first emerged there and on its own initiative has constructed a military-grade field hospital in Central Park to ease pressure on Mount Sinai Medical Center, should it come to that.

Enter de Blasio and his band of Merry Wokesters.

“I said immediately to my team that we had to find out ­exactly what was happening,” said Hizzoner. “Was there going to be an approach that was truly consistent with the values [of] New York City?”

Right, because one can never be too careful about that sort of thing. What if the KKK offered to help?

Of course, there will be Martians setting up tents in Central Park before David Duke shows up — and even that is more likely than Kleagles running ­Ebola clinics in Africa. So this is not an argument, it’s a deflector shield.

Action matters, not words, in times like these — and in that respect, the Samaritan’s Purse response very much evokes the massive volunteer presence at Ground Zero in the hours and days following the 9/11 attacks.

As stunned firefighters poked helplessly at the smoking rubble — now aware that rescue was no longer the mission, only ­recovery — scores of emergency response and support vehicles from all over the East Coast sat parked on the perimeter, with hundreds of out-of-state first responders ready to assist in any way they could.

In the event, there wasn’t much to do, but this much was clear: New York was hurting, and America had come to help. No questions asked.

Leave it to de Blasio to ask ugly questions. But even he isn’t dense enough to run off Samaritan’s Purse.

“We’re going to send people over from [my] office to monitor” the hospital, he now says. “I’m very concerned to make sure this is done right. But if it is done right, of course, we need all the help we can get.”

Of course.

He’s some piece of work, Hizzoner. If anybody needs a monitor to make sure things are done right, it’s him. (Happily for Gotham, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has assumed that role.)

As for Samaritan’s Purse, there will be plenty of time to consider the social views of its founder after this emergency has passed.

Right now, it is here to help — and, dare one say it, bless ’em for that. Better yet, find them on the internet and send them a couple of bucks; A good Samaritan’s work is expensive, and it’s never done.

Twitter: @RLMac2