American politics is much more highly affected by religion than European or British politics.
American politicians are much more keenly aware of the religious sensibilities of voters.
Many American Christians would never vote for Barack Obama because of his stance on abortion. You can read some of the opinion here and you can hear the man in his own words in the video below:
And for a bit of commentary from the Christian right on the legal implication of some statements Obama has made here
Tomorrow we'll take a look at Sarah Palin and the perils of being a Pentecostal politician.