Barry Lynn is taking Democrats to task for orchestrating an interfaith gathering at the Democratic Convention center in Denver. He says it was "so highly promoted that it had the whiff of pandering."
There's no denying the fact that Democrats have been falling all over themselves this year to demonstrate that they are friendly to people of faith -- people of all faiths. That is one way that Democrats can distinguish themselves from Republicans who have a sizeable constituency that refuses to accept placing a Mormon on their ticket.
I am as uncomfortable as Barry is about the prominence of religion in the electoral process. Martin Marty hits the nail on the head when he says both parties are "Using God Politically."
All that the interfaith gathering in Denver demonstrates is that religious people from all faiths and people on both sides of the political aisle are willing and eager to let their faith become a tool in the hands of politicians.