Why is Christianity the litmus test for many conservatives?

picking a political candidate? One of the first questions is, "Is he/she is a Christian?" Whether they are Christian or not historically has no bearing on their performance or integrity. Here is a list of recent supposedly Christian politicians/operatives: Ted Stevens - corruption Mark Foley - sex scandal... show more picking a political candidate? One of the first questions is, "Is he/she is a Christian?" Whether they are Christian or not historically has no bearing on their performance or integrity. Here is a list of recent supposedly Christian politicians/operatives:

Ted Stevens - corruption
Mark Foley - sex scandal (gay)
Jack Abramhoff - corruption
Don Young - bridge to nowhere
Ted Haggard - sex scandal gay
Randall 'Duke' Cunningham - corruption
Larry Craig - sex scandal (gay)
Tom Delay - corruption
George Bush - extremely poor judgment bordering on criminal


Update: Eir, Christianity is not at fault but obviously this notion that politicians professing to be Christian are somehow better candidates is quite flawed.
Update 2: Hey Rick, point taken but Democrats don't tout themselves as being better because their Christian.
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