Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume is offering scandal-plagued golf superstar Tiger Woods, a practicing Buddhist, unsolicited religious advice. "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,'" Hume said yesterday on the Fox Sunday political roundtable. Hume reasoned that Buddhism doesn't offer "the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith." Was Hume, a practicing Christian, out of line for pushing his religion on Fox? (See video below)
Fox is becoming "The 700 Club": "It's hard to even know where to start with something like this," says Steve Benen in Washington Monthly. But let's skip the slew of high-profile, Fox-friendly Christians currently embroiled in damaging sex scandals and move on to this: "Why is a senior political analyst for a so-called 'news' network proselytizing, on the air, during one of the network's 'news' programs?"
"Brit Hume said what?"
Goodbye, freedom of speech: The Left's attacks on Christianity are clearly escalating, says Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. "It used to be that liberals didn’t want you to mention Christ in schools. Then they banned Christ from Christmas concerts and public squares. Now they are demanding that we not talk about Christianity in public."
"It has begun..."
Republicans are in crisis — and this is just another sign: Hume's comment, which "even seemed to catch [Hume's conservative ally] Bill Kristol off-guard a little," just shows how thoroughly evangelical politics are taking over the GOP (and thus Fox News), says Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic. Fox's pundits "routinely insist" on blurring the line between the political and religious discussion — making it seem that "their politics is their religion and their religion is their politics." When they do so, "both are corrupted."
"Brit Hume: Convert, Tiger!"
It's not like Tiger's a particularly good Buddhist: "I'm as ignorant of Buddhism as I am of everything else," says Allahpundit in Hot Air, but isn't a key Buddhist teaching "that all suffering is caused by, er, desire?" In that case, Woods' problem "might not be that he’s got the wrong religion but that the one he’s got hasn’t quite penetrated yet."
"The obligatory 'Brit advises Tiger Woods to convert to Christianity' clip"
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