"presenting christ to terminally ill atheist" was one of the search strings used to arrive at this blog recently. I tried that search, and it retrieves my post about prayer not being effective. So not really satisfying the searcher, and probably wasn't read.... but now I'm curious. Why would someone want to do this?"
How many atheists in Europe or the Americas haven't heard of Christianity?
My town in Texas had only one hospital, a Seventh-Day Adventist one. (They stayed open on Saturdays, though) I went to the E.R. a couple of times and had to have an X-Ray once, so I was subjected to some bland Christian-themed posters. I would never have denied myself health care because of where it was located, but it still pissed me off. Hindus and Muslims are a real presence in our medical schools. Atheists too, though not obviously so of course. How many of these hospitals are losing out on the top talent because of their religious affiliation? If I were a Hindu I wouldn't want to go to work every day in an institution that promoted Christianity.
Christians are proud of their history of having hospitals. Should it really be a point of pride? If they use them for conversion it's the lowest form of deception. (a BIG complaint against Mother Teresa) And it's not like other religions haven't done the same.
This letter-to-the-editor brought this up for me. The title is "Christians build hospitals; why don't atheists?" but the writer is objecting to a lawsuit involving a church and the local school system. In typical Christian fascism, oops fashion, the writer deflects from the legitimate issue of whether their local government was un-constitutionally promoting a single religion to whethr her religion had done good things. Who could complain about forcing such a noble religion on children? This ignorant writer probably has no idea what the Constitution says or how it's been applied over the past 200+ years.
She probably also doesn't consider the long history of Jewish hospitals or those of other religions, either.