John McCain has failed to inspire the religious right, while Barack Obama is reaching out to evangelical Christians. Can the Democrats win voters of faith away from the Republicans? What about the separation of church and state? Also, German's Chancellor backs President Bush’s call for sanctions against Iran, and Pakistan accuses the US of a "cowardly attack" that killed Pakistani soldiers.
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President Bush continues what some call his "farewell tour" of Europe. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel joined his call for further sanctions against Iran. She did not second his comment that "all options are on the table." On Sunday, Bush will be in London, where Mary Dejevsky is chief editorial writer for the Independent.
Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
American military and intelligence officials claim that al Qaeda is stronger now in Pakistan than at any time since the invasion of neighboring Afghanistan just after September 11. But tensions between the US the new Pakistani government have also increased. The Pentagon has confirmed an US air strike today in northwestern Pakistan, one that country's military calls a "cowardly attack" that killed 11 of its soldiers. Yesterday, the chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, called for "patience." Graham Usher is a freelance journalist in Pakistan.
Graham Usher, Freelance journalist
George W. Bush won eight out of 10 Christian church-goers in 2004, and evangelicals have been a reliable part of the Republican base. But John McCain has failed to inspire the religious right, while Barack Obama has advocated expressions of faith in the public square, pushing hard for that one-forth of the presidential vote that's been considered most reliably Republican: evangelical Christians. Are evangelicals focusing less on abortion, stem-cell research and gay marriage than they are on poverty and the environment? Did McCain make a mistake by rejecting two right-wing pastors? Can Obama overcome his association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright?
Wayne Slater, journalist and author (@WayneSlater)
Mark DeMoss, former Advisor, Mitt Romney
Ron Walters, Professor of Political Science, University of Maryland
Jacques Berlinerblau, Professor of Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University