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Tiger Woods Makes a Fool of Brit Hume

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Perhaps I'm gullible, but I just listened to Tiger Woods' apologetic statement, and was impressed with his sincerity. I hope he sees clear to follow up words with actions, and is able to save his marriage. But what I found particularly moving, was his description of his faith.

With his mother somberly sitting in the front row, Woods spoke respectfully and proudly about the Buddhism his mother taught him - and how he had moved away from those teachings. From thetranscriptatGolf Week:

"I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught."

Without having to mention any names, Woods' beautiful description of his mother's Buddhism is an apt rebuttal to Britt Hume's absurd and arrogant bluster recently,assertingthat a conversion by Woods to Christianity would magically make this all go away:

"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith," said Hume. "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

Hume received a lot ofcriticismat the time, for using his position as a pundit to proselytize. His defense on Bill O'Reilly's show was even more disturbing, attributing criticism to some sort of persecution of Christians. Jon Stewart'sThe Daily Showmademince meat of that claim, remarking on the difficulty of being a Christian, as compared to, say, being a Muslim.

What struck me about Hume's bigoted comment, was how simple-minded and shallow it was. It was pretty clear from his brief mention of his knowledge of Buddhism, that he hadn't actually researched his claim that it doesn't provide a path to forgiveness. Aside from the inappropriateness of the venue, it seemed to rely on self-centered view of the world, worthy of an infant: if it works for me, it must be the only path for all.

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Ironically, Hume seemed oblivious to the fact that his fellow Fox News contributor - William Kristol (not himself a Christian) - sitting right in front of him when he blurted out his chauvinistic statement. More important, he was oblivious of the consequences of such bigotry. It's one thing to profess your own faith and the comfort it may give you in hard times. It's quite another to proclaim the superiority of your religion compared to another's religion.

Today, Tiger Woods made it clear that Hume doesn't know what he's talking about, when it comes to Buddhism and redemption.

Amy Fried is the author of "Escaping Dick Cheney's Stomach." She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, and has been an advocate for church-state separation and other civil liberties issues. She writes on women's issues, media, veganism (more...)

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Brit Hume is correct. Tiger Woods must convert to ... by TomK on Friday, Feb 19, 2010 at 11:21:11 PM
Last night on TRMS, Max Kellerman told Rachel that... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:51:25 AM
I think Mr. Woods is simply stating his position o... by Arthur Borges on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 2:30:32 AM
It was not my intention to claim any intention on ... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:45:32 AM
typically best not ever discussed.Buddhism has its... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 7:25:08 AM
1) It's one thing to promote Christianity, it's an... by Amy Fried, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:48:22 AM
I grew up in a Christian environment and took the ... by Philip Pease on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:36:02 AM
IT's nobody's business what Tiger Woods does in hi... by Caronome on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 4:14:56 PM
Caronome, Right On Baby .WOW, listen to those hypo... by Eddy Schmid on Saturday, Feb 20, 2010 at 9:42:38 PM
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