But it would be interesting if someone actually asked the candidates: Have you ever suffered for your faith -- personally -- and if so, how? The answers would be instructive, and no doubt revealing.
A piece in today's Chicago Tribune notes that John McCain risked punishment as a POW in order to worship with his fellow prisoners. I've written before about the necessity of others discussing John McCain's background, given his reticence about doing so himself. This is a perfect example. Who knew?
Does all of this make John McCain a better person than Barack Obama? Not necessarily; after all, Barack's experiences have been very dissimilar from Senator McCain's, so it's impossible to know how he'd react in the same situation.
But in a sense, that's part of the point, too. Whatever he says -- or doesn't say -- when he's standing in the Saddleback pulpit, we know how important faith is to McCain because we've seen what he's willing to suffer for it.