Yes, if we'd just met in person, I probably wouldn't say all this so abruptly. Unless I'm very comfortable with you (or a bit tipsy), I can be overly concerned with people's preconceptions. As a Christian raised in New York, I'm used to critical opinions. Not looking to hide my faith either, but I might ease into the topic. And be sensitive to things like tact, and flow of the conversation. Under some circumstances, it may not come up at all. But guess what? We're on a dating site! Figure it's best to start with what matters most. So either I've scared you off already, intrigued you greatly, or kept your attention long enough to keep reading.
(FYI - My first photo is most accurate again. The blonde was only temporary, but makes for a fun photo progression. I'll change it when I get around to it, or find something else with enough pizazz.)