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Brit Hume Tells Tiger Woods: Turn from Buddhism to Christianity


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posted January 3, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I’m pretty sure Hume knows very little about Buddhism, so I doubt he’s in a position to make comparisons. Turning to Christianity (or any faith, for that matter) won’t absolve Tiger of his transgressions. If he is truly sorry, it is up to each individual — starting with his wife — to decide to forgive.

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posted January 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

And so extreme-right corporatism and fundy xian dominionism continue to merge indistinguishably into one nightmare. Fux News gets ever more blatant in its theocratic agenda. The boob tube and the megachurch are one. These are scary times for freedom in this country.

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Stephenson Billings

posted January 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm

It’s saddening how much the liberals in this country hate religion. Bring up the idea of Christianity, and they run for their saddle bags of rhetoric and suppression. Honestly, what’s wrong with offering Tiger Woods a little advice? The man has messed up his life so bad, he really needs someone to set him straight. As a Christian, I believe Jesus Christ is the one true path to redemption and salvation and I would offer Tiger the exact same advice as Mr Hume if I ever met him in person. Accepting Jesus into your heart is an important moment in any man’s life, it is the beginning of a revolution in your spirit! For Tiger, I know that Christianity can lead him to understand how he betrayed his family and the young people of America. He has a responsibility as a public figure to seek redemption and to try to absolve his sins. Publically pronouncing his faith would be a great and inspiring thing for Tiger to do. It would heal the wounds he has made. I wish him and his family the best in 2010. God Bless you.

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posted January 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Only a man of deep faith and great courage could say such a thing in today’s Americs. Brit Hume doesn’t need the approval of Ray & Ray’s ilk. He has God’s.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 12:10 am

Brit is a selfless man that cares more about Tiger Woods than Brit cares about himself. It takes great courage to speak out about Christianity than it does be a political correct mindless yellow pencil. I’m sure Brit will take a lot of heat for his comment from all the haters, I do mean haters.
If Brit said, Tiger should practice more yoga, I sure he would have gotten no mean spirited comments. Brit’s selflessness is demonstrated in the fact that he is willing to be crucified by the media and the haters of Christianity to save the soul of Tiger. As someone who as studied both eastern religions and Christianity, there is no comparison to Christianity. Brit is like a soldier who throws himself in harms way to save another.

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News Corpse

posted January 4, 2010 at 12:16 am

Even if we set aside the inappropriateness of proselytizing on a so-called “news” program, there is another even more serious problem here.
It’s one thing for Hume to express confidence in his faith. It is entirely something else to insult the faith of others as he did today.
That is not Christian behavior, and he should apologize.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

If Brit suggested yoga rather than Christianity as the solution, he’d still be a fool. Tiger doesn’t need Jesus, or Buddha to solve his problems. He needs to man up and start living honestly with himself and others. He either didn’t have the maturity or desire to live up to the wholesome public image he was selling. His wife married money and celebrity with no realistic assessment of what that usually means. If he wants the whole family and picket fence lifestyle, he’s got to take responsibility for what that entails. If he wants to live like a billionaire playboy, he should do so without deceit. I wouldn’t think any less of him, and I couldn’t think any less of Fox News.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 2:10 am

Brit Hume almost made it sound like it was Buddhism that made Tiger Woods commit the horrendous acts that he did. If a Christian commits murder, is it Christianity’s fault? Should he/she then find another religion because Christianity “isn’t working out for them”? Adultery is not permitted in either Buddhism or Christianity, or any other religion for that matter. Brit Hume just bashed one of the great major religion of the world and I think he owes both Tiger Woods and the hundreds of millions of Buddhist worldwide a sincere apology. Furthermore, the fact that he has said such inappropriate comments on national TV and gotten away with it is appalling to me. Everyone is entitled to their personal belief, but at least keep them private on TV.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 2:20 am

Thank you, Brit, for your courage in speaking the truth.

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Ken Aussie

posted January 4, 2010 at 3:11 am

People who reject Christianity, reject God, period.
i have already contacted Tiger, and said the same thing. The only way to save his life is to accept Jesus. That message is also for everyone in the entire world.
I know this is true because I miraculously saved my life.
But people usually follow their traditions, and dont want anyone like God telling how they will fulfill their lives and be happy.
Tiger’s mother has sent Tiger in the wrong direction, and he should just read a gospel and see the answer

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posted January 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Brit Hume’s comments were journalistically inappropriate and an embarassment to Fox News. I think it’s great that his faith makes him happy, and he certainly has every right to his beliefs and opinions. But this was the wrong venue for proselytization. Perhaps he should consider moving to a Christian-based network.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Why are so many so concerned with being politically and with speaking discourse that is only neutral, doing no one any good? And by the way, FOX news has a very large christian following. I don’t think many in that audience were “offended.” And if they were….

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posted January 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

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posted January 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm


posted January 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

While there is value in suggesting Tiger look to the Christian faith for a path to apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation, there was no need to insult the Buddhist faith. To denigrate another faith only demonstrated ignorance and intolerance.
There are many fine interfaith efforts taking place between Christians and Buddhists. The book “The Gethsemani Encounter” chronicles a retreat where Buddhist and Christian monastics came together to share their intense practice of their respective faith.
I write about the Christian path to reconciliation in Taming the Wolf. It is dear to my heart. The Buddhist faith, however, has much to offer and it is offensive to hear it discredited by one who does not know it intimately.

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posted January 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I believe Brit should probably research and learn about Buddhism before using it to endorse Christianity, since his comment of the Buddhist faith clearly demonstrates his ignorance on the subject.

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micghael a.

posted January 5, 2010 at 2:37 am

Brit just confirms my worst suspicions of the ‘true believers’.

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Graeme Sharrock

posted January 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

Here is my small candle …. As a photojournalist, I recently attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia (Dec 3-9) At this conference, members of many world faiths demonstrated not only ability to listen and understand each others, but engage in the difficult conversations about inter-faith conflict, our relation to the environment, the treatment of children and women, etc. It is certainly possible to maintain confidence regarding one’s own faith tradition without misrepresenting or denigrating the faith of others. I am in favor of Mr Hume using his media position on behalf of his own faith, as I would like to see more well-informed public discussion on the role of religion in the world today. But I hope he attends an inter-faith dialogue group with Buddhists and others before he attempts to do something similar again.

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posted January 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

Brit was right. No one offers true redemption but the author of it, Jesus Christ.

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posted January 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Am interested in your WPR experience. I had hoped to attend and present Taming the Wolf but lacked the finances.
There is a local Los Angeles chapter of the WPR that I have attended. They struggle at times to live the dream but nonetheless it is the type of interfaith work that is so important in today’s world.
There is a new effort taking place in the realm of diplomacy called faith-based diplomacy that is making a serious effort to bring the resources of faith to Track II (non-governmental) diplomacy. This effort recognizes the importance of making faith a tool of peace not a source of conflict.
In this day we all need to strive for greater religious literacy.

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posted January 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I think Brit Hume belongs to Landover Baptist church if I’m not mistaken.

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Aaron Gell

posted January 6, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Buddhism professor Robert Thurman is speaking out on Brit Hume…

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posted January 7, 2010 at 12:44 am

Jesus, Peter, John, James, Jude, Matthew, Mark, Luke and Brit Hume.
One consistent message.
Hopelfully Hume won’t be treated the same as they were by those that reject the Gospel.

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posted January 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

So now Brit Hume is the missing apostle? Nero should have fed him to the lions when he had the chance!

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posted January 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

My problem with too many of the evangelical right, including ther folks over at Fox News, is that they don’t seem to practice Christianity as a whole. No, they prefer to follow the neo-con, GOP, uber-capitalist version of Jesus Christ and the teachigs that fit with this philosphy only.
If Brit Hume was genuine, he might not be percieved as one of those modern day false prophet and Pharisees who use CHristianity for financial/political gain.

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Bradley J. Moore

posted January 8, 2010 at 6:15 am

Brit’s comment was well-intentioned but arrogant and ignorant when thrown offhandedly in a national news program. What, does he think his spanking Tiger’s religious faith will suddenly bring Tiger to a blinging conversion? That is ridiculous. These kinds of faith discussions should happen in the context of caring, compassionate, respectful relationships. That’s where true influence can begin. Brit did not in any way make a strong case for Christ among non-Christians. His statement made him (and other Christians by association) look like a bunch of buffoons.

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posted January 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

This controversy over Brit Hume reminds me of a new world-wide phenomenon that has been taking the old style of evangelizing and essentially throwing it out the window. One of the things that Nicky Gumbel and the many thousands associated with the Alpha course have learned is that you cannot convert anybody to Christianity through argumentation, no more than can a conservative make a liberal change his world view via argumentation. It just isn’t very effective. In the Alpha course, one simply allows people seeking “the truth about what this all means” to be exposed to the Christian faith, and raise any objections they have to it without any recrimination, and through prayer and love and fellowship many people choose Christ — but NOT because it was shoved down their throats, but rather because they took in the whole process – the intellectual case for Christ, the Christian fellowship, and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit, and amazingly, they make a choice for Christ. Its why Alpha is replacing the old Billy Graham style evangelical events as one of the biggest ways of bringing folks to Christ, and its really turned evangelism upside down on its head, as it rejects all the old pressure methods, and allows people to effectively say “I think Christianity is a load of bunk,” and simply love them for their point of view! Who would have ever thought that this sort of method would be more effective than the old style in-your-face evangelism that has become so offensive to so many, especially on the more secular left? Fascinating really. Brit Hume was well meaning, of this I am certain, but he no doubt hit a raw nerve with so many on the secular left through his rather, shall we say, “direct approach”. I commend him however for speaking the truty as he knows it, and I am proud of his courage.

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