For a moment there, yesterday, when the Dallas Ebola apartment was being fumigated by HazMat crews, and the Dallas medical community confirmed that the Dallas Ebola patient was receiving experimental medical care and that his family and friends were disease-free and cleared to return to work, it almost looked as though the media were about to lose their opportunity for wall-to-wall coverage of the deadly African virus’s appearance in Texas.
Thankfully, Jesse Jackson arrived to save the day, and – according to Jesse, at least – the Dallas Ebola patient himself.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is in Dallas Tuesday to make sure Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is getting the best medical care possible.
Rev. Jackson said Duncan’s family asked for his help. He recently tweeted that “he should not be shunned” and to “kill the disease and not the person.”
“Thomas deserves the love and the best medical treatment American can afford as has happened for all the other Americans who have contracted this terrible disease,” he told FOX 4. “He must be treated as a patient with all the human rights deserved, not as a criminal.”
Duncan moved to Dallas from Liberia about a week before he got sick. Although Liberian officials said he lied on his travel forms when leaving the country, Jackson believes he did not know he was exposed.
Jesse took the opportunity to question the motives of Duncan’s doctors, noting that the emergency room that initially treated Duncan probably turned him away because he “didn’t have insurance,” and because everyone is probably racist. Racism is, of course, what Jackson believes also slowed the process of providing Duncan with experimental Ebola drugs. Jackson also took the opportunity to meet with Dallas’s mayor, because the mayor has nothing more important to do, and join with Duncan’s family for a prayer vigil, where Jesse Jackson, Jr. apparently channeled Jesus Christ.
Rev. Jackson met with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and about 100 local pastors Tuesday morning. He prayed with Duncan’s family and plans to organize a prayer vigil for them later in the day.
Jackson shared a story about Jesus praying over the lepers in quarantine.
“He was firm in his love for the person fighting the disease. We must have that same sense of love for Thomas, to embrace him and fight this disease,” he said.
Good to know.
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