At a recent church conference, Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama reflects on his legacy as presidency comes to an end Confirm Gary Richard Brown for the Eastern District of New York Megyn Kelly: Trump and First Amendment 'not a beautiful match' 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,