Ohio congressional candidate Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher released a letter Tuesday to the Christian Broadcasting Network that attributes Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House to his “sudden” conversion to Christianity, claims Obama’s parents were Communists, and describes his own religious faith.

“One of the reasons I really dig Christianity is that it’s so incredibly powerful and amazing,” says the letter from Wurzelbacher, the Republican challenger to Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur. “The lives of millions of people have been given meaning by their faith in Christ. And what better confirmation of that strength do we have than the life story of President Obama?”

Wurzelbacher says he dislikes it when others question whether Obama is a Christian, and says the president should be given “the love and respect the Golden Rule” puts forth.

But the letter hardly constitutes an endorsement of Obama, whose clash with Wurzelbacher at a 2008 campaign appearance thrust the plumber into the political spotlight

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