Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Brit Hume on Tiger Woods

Last Sunday, January 3, as a guest commentator on Fox News Sunday, Hume unsolicitedly offered advice to Tiger Woods to turn his faith to Christianity instead. Hume didn't think that Buddhism, Tiger's religion, "offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith." The outrage on talk shows and the web and blogsphere has been swift.

He said:

"Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it's a tragic situation for him. I think he's lost his family, it's not clear to me if he'll be able to have a relationship with his children, but the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal -- the extent to which he can recover -- seems to me to depend on his faith. He's said to be a Buddhist; I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

Brit Hume injected his distorted beliefs and once again stirred up yet another controversy.

James Poniewozik, in his post on said, "If you believe your religion is superior and want to stand by the argument, fine. But crying anti-Christian persecution when you're criticized for making that case on a news show? Get off the cross."

FOX News should change their slogan to: "News Only for Christian Audience."

I am definitely for free speech in this country but being a guest commentator on FOX NEWS, he should have refrained from berating Buddhism. His unsolicited advice to Tiger was also very off handed.


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