Houston pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell has been an informal spiritual adviser to Obama and Bush. He says polls that show one in five Americans think Obama is a Muslim are troubling. He says it's religious misinformation spread to defeat the president politically.

"It is fair and civil to attack the president's politics and his policies," he said. "I think it's unfair, uncivil, and even un-American to attack the man's personal, fundamental faith."

He says the president shouldn't have to respond, though politically Obama may indeed have to do what none of his predecessors have had to do while in office — continue to find ways to reinforce with the public who he is and what he believes when it comes to his faith.

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