Reading Barack Obama's speech about the connection between faith and politics has left me both impressed with the man and a little frightened. I am diametrically opposed to just about all his political positions, and yet his speech was was very well-argued and probably quite persuasive to those less convinced than I. Insofar as he calls for the use of "fair-minded words" in the political dialogue I am wholeheartedly in agreement, and it's too bad that his experiences haven't led him to embrace more of my political positions. Still, the guy is smart and very appealing, and will probably become a very formidable presidential candidate. After reading this transcript I think it's likely that he could someday win that office, and I'm afraid his policy preferences will cause no end of trouble. Despite his obvious intelligence and compassion, tax-and-spend never works and abortion really should be outlawed.