Several prominent Christian leaders are defending President Barack Obama in the wake of questions about his faith.
A recent poll revealed nearly one in five Americans believe Obama is Muslim, even though he's repeatedly said he's Christian.
In response, more than 70 pastors and other Christian leaders signed a letter saying the personal faith of public leaders should not be up for public debate.
Some of the names on the list include Bishop T.D. Jakes, Dr. Joel Hunter, and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez.
"President Obama has been unwavering in confessing Christ as Lord and has spoken often about the importance of his Christian faith," the leaders wrote. "Many of the signees on this letter have prayed and worshipped with this president."
"We believe that questioning, and especially misrepresenting, the faith of a confessing believer goes too far," they continued.
The leaders urged the media, public officials, and other faith leaders "to offer no further support or airtime" to those who question Obama's faith.
Read the full letter and list of signers here.
*Originally published on August 26, 2010.