Twice in the past week, conservative Fox News analyst Brit Hume has publicly informed Tiger Woods that his only chance of making it through his recent scandal is by converting to Christianity. Tiger Woods, whose mother is Thai-American, is a practicing Buddhist. Hume argued that Buddhism does not offer any type of forgiveness, and if Woods turns to Christianity he will set a great example for the world. After giving this advice to Woods Sunday morning, Hume appeared on the ‘O’Reilly Factor,’ also a Fox News show, to reiterate his belief that Christianity is Woods’ only hope. Hume’s remarks quickly became a popular trending topic on the social networking site, Twitter, with responses ranging from enraged to amused. Hume responded by defending his comments, arguing that he was neither prosthelytizing nor insulting Buddhism, just stating a fact. While Hume’s remarks may seem shocking coming from a journalist, critics argue that Fox News has increasingly become a mouthpiece for evangelical Christians. To watch Hume on the ‘O’Reilly Factor’ click here. Read more about this story here.
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I had not heard that Tiger Woods is nominally Buddhist. Coincidentally I’ve just written an article on current ethical problems within Buddhism, including sex.
Brit Hume was out of line imo.