Vote God 2008

The presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, fired a county campaign chairman in Iowa Wednesday for forwarding an email accusing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. of secretly praying to Allah.

"There's an email floating around that says I am a Muslim plant, planning to take over America. This would surprise my pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ," Obama said earlier this year.

This heavenly smear wasn't really so unusual. You can't spend any time on the campaign trail this year without bumping into God.

Former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is now leading in polls of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa. Why? Huckabee explained last week at Liberty University's convocation.

"There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people,'' Huckabee said.

Thursday former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who hopes to become the first Mormon president, will deliver an address about the role of faith in America.

"I certainly will answer some questions relating to how my own faith would inform my presidency," Romney said.

Romney's campaign this afternoon released photographs of their man calmly preparing the speech. He seemed calm for a man who is being abandoned in droves by Evangelical voters -- because of his Mormon faith, in many cases.

It might make you wonder. The White House and Americans in general are frustrated the Iraqi government cannot put aside their religious differences. After all, here in the states, who really cares what version of god you believe in. Right?

Wrong.

"We are a nation under God, and we do place our trust in him," Romney has said.

Romney originally had tried to blur the difference between his Mormon faith -- whose adherents consider themselves the only true Christians -- and Evangelicals. But that did not go over well among many born-again Christians.

"Mitt Romney is not a Christian, he's a Mormon and Mormonism is a cult," says Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.

Mormons dispute that charge, of course, and find it offensive. But as summer became fall, it became apparent to the Romney campaign that the issue was not going anywhere.

John McCain's 95-year-old mother Roberta belittled Romney's role running the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

"As far as the Salt Lake City thing, he's a Mormon, and the Mormons of Salt Lake City caused that scandal," Roberta McCain said on MSNBC's Hardball.

Joked her son John, "the views of my mother are not necessarily the views of mine."

Last month, a mysterious group was calling Republicans such as Marcel Kielkicuki in Manchester, Iowa, spreading unflattering information about Romney and his faith.

"Then there were a series of questions on Mormonism, and all those were very negative as well, and those just caught me off guard as well," Kielkicuki told ABC News.

Responded Romney at the time, "Well, clearly any derogatory comments about anyone's faith, those comments are troubling and the fact that they keep coming up is even more troubling."

By the time Huckabee started his surge in Iowa a few weeks ago, whether heaven-sent or not, and began running TV ads calling himself a "Christian leader" --- Romney's aides started pushing him to do something.

Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention told Romney a while ago he had to address the issue head-on.

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