Quiz: The Candidates' Faith


From the flap over Rev. Jeremiah Wright--Barack Obama's longtime minister--to the video of Sarah Palin's appearance with an African pastor who was praying to protect her from witchcraft, the candidates' beliefs and faith practices have played a major role in the 2008 presidential race. But there's a lot of bad information--and some false rumors--out there. How much do you really know about the faith of the candidates? Take our quiz and find out.

For more on faith in the race and to read interviews with Barack Obama and John McCain, see Beliefnet's 2008 Voter's Guide.
Q1. Which candidate said, "I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?"
1. John McCain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Barack Obama
4. Joe Biden
Q2. Which candidate doesn't have some personal connections to the Catholic Church?
1. John McCain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Barack Obama
4. Joe Biden
Q3. Which candidate said the "Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation."
1. John McCain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Barack Obama
4. Joe Biden
Q4. Which of Barack Obama's family members was an (occasionally) practicing Muslim?
1. Mother
2. Father
3. Step-father
4. Grandmother
5. Grandfather
Q5. Which kind of school did Barack Obama NOT attend while a child in Indonesia?
1. A Madrassa
2. A secular school
3. A Roman Catholic school
Q6. Who said: "The political tactics of division and slander are not our values, they are corrupting influences on religion..."
1. John McCain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Barack Obama
4. Joe Biden
Q7. Who said: "There are some liberals who dismiss religion in the public square as inherently irrational or intolerant...?"
1. John McCain
2. Sarah Palin
3. Barack Obama
4. Joe Biden
Q8. Sarah Palin said it was "God's will" that:
1. We wage the war in Iraq
2. Alaska builds a natural gas pipeline
3. Creationism be taught in school
4. She wear clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue
Q9. Which statement did Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor, NOT make:
1. "God-damn America"
2. "U.S.of KKA"
3. "Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run"
4. "Judaism is a gutter religion"
Q10. Which statement did the Ohio Rev. Rod Parsley, who John McCain once called a "spiritual guide," NOT make?
1. "Are we a Christian nation? I say yes"
2. "Homosexuals are anything but happy and carefree"
3. "The Roman Catholic Church, which was supposed to carry the light of the gospel, plunged the world into the Dark Ages...."
4. "What some call 'extremists' are instead mainstream believers who are drawing from the well at the very heart of Islam..."


 

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