The point is not Clinton’s and Obama’s private religious beliefs, but
their political calculation in searching for every possible forum to
signal to religious voters that Democrats too are devout. Read more here:
The Democrats’ God problem | Salon
Ah yes, the dangers of mixing politics and faith expression. As the Salon article points out (see link below), Clinton and Obama’s troubles have come from trying to show how religious they are; using faith words in almost every appearance.
My thinking is that folks don’t mind hearing of a candidates personal religious views, but most get uncomfortable very quickly when it becomes clear its just a tool for support and, in the worst scenario, a theocratic agenda. As a Baptist, I like the wall of separation and always appreciate that its there when I see what dangers occur when candidates/elected officials sit on it or cross it.