Christian missionaries such as Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, a nurse, have been risking their lives to provide medical care to West Africans with Ebola. In the eyes of Slate editor Laura Helmuth, it’s “kind of disturbing.”
The author of the linked Slate article — Brian Palmer — acknowledges that missionary doctors don’t personally profit from what they do. In any other circumstance, lefties would adore that absence of capitalism, but if the work is done in the name of God it automatically becomes suspect.
Slate contributor Jessica Morrison has a different take:
So does this tweeter, an editor at Physics World:
We doubt Helmuth would agree on much with conservative author Ann Coulter, but they share a common bond in their antipathy toward missionary medical personnel.