Help or Hurt?
However, on second thought, this could really be a double-edged sword. While a discussion of one's faith would normally make a candidate more likable, more human, and clearly more compassionate, both candidates may have trouble focusing on this side of the discussion. Clearly Obama will have to face some questions concerning his controversial mentor, Rev. Wright, as well as the lingering "are you a muslim" question that always seems to come up (despite being completely bogus).
However, Hillary may have some trouble, as well. Remember her "Today is a day the Lord has made" statement? Her words were strained, and she appeared so incredibly uncomfortable talking about her faith. If she's going to get any boost out of this "compassion forum", she's going to have to speak of her faith comfortably.