These Christians scare me like whoa. They're questioning candidates on religious issues and using that as a basis for whether or not to push the community to support them. Including their feelings on having (Un)Intelligent Design taught alongside evolution in high school. And the organizers outright SAY they're trying to mix church and state, that they want these candidates to "vote as followers of Jesus Christ". Excuse me, scary Christian Dominionists, The Point was way back that-a-way. You have missed it by far. One of the major tenets of this country, espoused by our venerated Founders, was the idea of separation of church and state, to the mutual benefit of both. Because every time people mix politics with religion, you end up with religious wars, and witch-hunts, and persecution of religious and cultural minorities. These are not good things. These things are not at all consistent with the vision of America as a place of freedom, with liberty and justice for all. We cannot have liberty and justice for all, if these types of Christians are deliberately pushing politicians to vote their particular religious beliefs into laws that will affect all of us, including those who are not Christian. That's just not how that works. So knock it off, mmkay?
These Christians scare me a little less, because I am shielded from their predatory ways by the privilege that means I will be unlikely to ever find myself in a situation where I am reliant upon proselytizing missionaries for basic sustenance after a major disaster. But they piss me off a lot more. I realize a lot of Christian missionaries do not do this, and they really are there solely because their figure of worship told them to take care of the sick and the poor and the needy. But the types who are offering baptism certificates to people who need ID documents before they can receive aid are giving the rest a bad name. "Here, convert to our religion so we can feed you." Fuck that. That kind of thing is why I often liken that type of Christian missionaries to a wolf pack, swooping in on the weak and the sick and the needy and the hungry, because they are vulnerable.
I mean, really, why cannot this - "...missionaries have flocked to Haiti in droves since the earthquake — feeding the homeless, treating the injured and preaching the Gospel in squalid camps..." - just stop at this - "missionaries have flocked to Haiti in droves since the earthquake — feeding the homeless, and treating the injured in squalid camps..."? Let people come to your religion on their own, if it is indeed as great as you say it is, instead of taking advantage of their vulnerability to reel them in.