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Brit Hume, Tiger Woods and Christianity

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Okay, okay, I know the whole situation with Tiger Woods has been gone over and over and we are all pretty tired of hearing about it.  But recently a new controversy appeared involving Tiger, and I think it’s been interesting to hear / read the comments.

On Fox News Sunday this past week, Chris Wallace asked the show’s roundtable for their biggest sport’s story for 2010 .

Brit Hume, who is reported to be deeply religious following the suicide of his son several years ago, replied: 

“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer.  Whether he can recover as a person, I think is a very open question and t’s a tragic situation.  I think he’s lost his family; it’s not clear to me whether he’ll be able to have a relationship with his children. But the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value 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 this 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.’” 

You should google this topic and read through the comments, both praising and bashing the Christian and Buddhist faiths, and Brit Hume. That because Brit Hume is married for the second time, supposedly after an affair, he himself had violated one of Christianity’s basic “rules.”  One repeated criticism was that Mr. Hume broke the journalistic “oath” to always report the news without bias.  

Having watched the video posted on youtube.com, I personally think, in this situation, Mr. Hume was a commentator who was asked for his opinion rather than a news reporter.  And it seemed to be a heartfelt suggestion from someone who “had been there” and found peace in his particular beliefs. 

Read the comments on the links below and tell us what you think. (You will need to scroll down quite a bit to get to all of the actual comments.)  Should Mr. Hume not have made these comments, or just not made these comments in this particular setting?  What do you think of the comments posted on these sites?  Why do you think Christianity seems to have such a bad “reputation” with so many people? 

Politics Daily        The Huffington Post 

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