To the Editor:
Nicholas D. Kristof writes that liberals should reach out to evangelicals whose focus has shifted from stopping abortions to helping fight poverty, AIDS and climate change. But these same new efforts to help, while admirable, are undertaken with the intention of obtaining new converts to Christianity.
This type of missionary zeal, with Bibles and crosses in hand, reflects the same colonial mind-set that angered the third world to begin with.
We liberals aren’t deriding true religious faith, only the self-serving idea that Christians must spread their ways and beliefs upon those they deem not yet civilized.