Brit Hume recommends Christianity over Buddhism for Tiger Woods

January 11, 2010

January 11, 2010

On January 3rd, Brit Hume (Fox News Senior Political Analyst) decided to weigh-in on the recent Tiger Woods scandal by encouraging Woods to "turn to the Christian faith." Hume elaborated by revealing his personal feelings that Woods' self-professed religious path, Buddhism, didn't offer "the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith." In the follow days Hume was interviewed by Bill O'Reilly on the O'Reilly Factor, and when asked if his comments should be construed as proselytizing Hume suggested that Tiger Woods "needs what Christianity provides" and that if Woods were to convert from Buddhism he would "feel the blessing" of such an act. Here is a clip of Hume's original comments...

As one might expect, this story only grew in the coming days as it was picked up and commented upon by the likes of Don Imus, Howard Stern, Rick Sanchez (CNN), Jon Daily (The Daily Show), Keith Olbermann, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. The questions raised by this incident are too numerous to address in this space, but first among them might be:
What do you think of mainstream media news anchors recommending one religious path over another?
How can the nuances of religious traditions be understood by the public given the media's propensity for "newsbite" characterizations?
Should Buddhists be offended by Brit Hume's words?

For more on this discussion check out this link to a Shambhala Sun post.

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