And Another Reason I Fear the Religious Right... From David Brooks in The New York Times:
And Clinton seems to understand, as many Democrats do not, that a politician's faith isn't just about litmus test issues like abortion or gay marriage. Many people just want to know that their leader, like them, is in the fellowship of believers. Their president doesn't have to be a saint, but he does have to be a pilgrim. He does have to be engaged, as they are, in a personal voyage toward God.
Someone who says they would never vote for a Christian would be labelled a bigot. But not voting for atheists is fine and well. Just lovely.