It's hard to determine where to start commenting on the latest elitist, out-of-touch, lunacy coming from the mouth of U.S. Senator Barack Obama. First, he called the unborn a "punishment" to their mothers." Now this, to a group of extremely wealthy liberal elites in San Francisco, about small town Pennsylvanians and Midwesterners:

"And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

First, it was so perfectly appropriate for him to slam people in the Heartland in San Francisco, home of liberal sophistication and elitism. I'm not sure which is worse, his belittling remarks or the gross pandering and two-faced nature of him saying it where he did. If this is what you believe, senator, have the guts to say it to these people people to their face.

But it's much more than that. His know-it-all arrogance proves that he has no clue about the role of faith, and that maybe he isn't as smart as he thinks he is (which is considerably brilliant, according to reports). Maybe he needs to consult his spiritual advisor, Jeremiah Wright. After all, he claims to be Christian, and Christians typically understand why they are Christian.

To wit: People have faith in God because of hope, not desperation. Sure, in tough times, God is always a lifeboat of comfort. Even, then, however, what the senator doesn't comprehend, is that it is about hope in a better day. Not a redoubt of antagonism toward "people who aren't like them." Great. He thinks faith is a progenitor of racism. Nothing can be more opposite. Faith is the great unifier, what brings together people in a universal believe of a greater power who deserves our love and obedience.

Another irony is that Senator Obama has been unashamedly worshipped by many in the mainstream media, some fearing not to call him "messianic." So, our modern political messiah's absolute idiocy on a basic precept is proof that indeed he is human.

The fact is, if anyone abuses their faith to the point of bitterness, it is the vile from the pulpit of Mr. Wright. Who better preaches victimization? Who better lashes out? Who better sows the seeds of negativity? Who "clings" to despair in order to foster dissatisfaction with country? Who offers blame on people "who are different" than he? But the senator was probably not in attendance at those sermons either. (Question: He missed large numbers of votes in the Illinois Senate, and missed all those controversial sermons. Where does he spend his time?)

Timing is everything and, in this case, it couldn't be better. That's because, in another irony, in the middle of this political storm arrives Pope Benedict XVI. The theme of his mission to America is "Christ Our Hope." Perhaps the senator can take a lesson in humility and actually listen to someone other than in his liberal elitist echo chamber and learn something. Perhaps if he listens to The Holy Father, the senator will have an appreciation of life. Perhaps he will learn the real meaning of Christian love. Perhaps he will know that hope is real among people of faith, in this world and in the next. Not something conveniently tossed around in political cynicism. The Pope's first encyclical, or letter to his flock, was "God Is Love." Nothing is more absolute than this. So those who "cling" to Christian faith, no matter how much hard luck they may temporarily endure, embrace tha faith out of love, because God is love; and therefore, the hope that flows from that love, the hope personified in Christ's life, death and Resurrection.

Faith includes the belief in Divine Intervention. Probably the senator doesn't believe in it, but could there be any better proof of it than Pope Benedict's arrival in the U.S. at this point in time?