Last night, the top three Democratic candidates for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama, were questioned about their faith and how it affects their policy decisions. All three candidates are Christians, but only Edwards spoke of Jesus and Christianity. Obama and Clinton spoke of their “faith” and their “religion,” without ever getting specific.

All of this was scripted. Edwards was told to make a direct appeal to Christians and Clinton and Obama were told to keep it generic lest they alienate the secular base of the Democratic party. Look for this to become a pattern.

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