U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole’s challenger Kay Hagan has create a new ad called “Belief” in response to Dole’s “Godless” spot, which attacked Hagan for attending a fundraiser connected to someone who is connected to an atheist group.This is a very post-2004 way for a Democrat to respond to a faith-based attack: quickly responding to the attack head-on and testifying unabashedly about one’s faith commitment. Which is to say, it’s a very “Obama” way to respond to a faith-based attack, as opposed to the “Kerry” way of responding: wringing one’s hands and marrying each public pronouncement about one’s faith to a reaffirmation of support for the complete separation of church and state. 9

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