At a recent church conference, Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Dems fear lasting damage from Clinton-Sanders fight Iran's president warns US will pay 'high cost' if Trump ditches nuclear deal MORE (D-Ill.) gave a speech designed to stir the hearts of all of us who yearn for more authentic religion in the public square.

He was earnest, compassionate -- and thoroughly misleading about the proper roles of religion and government. As the presidential campaign progresses, we will hear more such talk, and so what he had to say must be dissected carefully.

First of all, the speech was powerful in its call for moral influence on government. Had parts of it been delivered by my boss, Dr. James Dobson, Barry Lynn would have fired up his sound-bite machine and the media would have been apoplectic for days. But Sen. Obama is a political liberal, and so there was no controversy.

“Our values should express themselves not just through our churches or synagogues, or mosques; they should express themselves through our government,