They're the proverbial topics you're told never to speak of at the dinner table, yet the pervasiveness of both ensures that they can't help but intersect. I'm speaking, of course, about religion and politics.

To further this often forbidden conversation, The Pew Forum on Religion and Public life has launched a new microsite devoted to the 2008 presidential candidates and their views on religious issues. Right now, there are only three Democrats and three Republicans represented, but the site states that there's more on the way. You can peruse a candidate's "religious biography," and find out what they've said on issues like abortion, church and state, faith-based initiatives, stem cell research, gay marriage, and more. The site also links to worthy news articles related to a candidate's religious stance.

Terry Mattingly at has more to say.