Story Highlights Republicans have long held a voting advantage among frequent church-goers After losing in '04, Democrats decided to try to close this gap Dems are speaking more openly about religion; reaching out to religious groups In 2004, Vanderslice was hired to coordinate John Kerry's religious outreach. She found herself working without a staff or much of a budget. She says the Kerry campaign failed to engage the faith community before it was too late to make a difference. In the past, "there was almost a joke that you couldn't be a Christian and be a Democrat," she said. Many voters wouldn't disagree with the joke, according to recent polling. In the 2006 midterm elections, 53 percent of weekly churchgoers voted Republican, as did 60 percent of people who attend church more than once a week, according to exit poll data. What's more, a Pew Forum poll taken just before the election showed only 26 percent of voters considered Democrats friendly to religion. http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/22/democrats.religion/index.html These Democrats will do or say anything to get elected. I am tired of these people telling the voters what they think they want to hear. You can't be a Christian and be a Democrat. They are known for their hatred of God.