Brit Hume doesn’t understand why he received so many nasty emails after he offered some helpful advice to Tiger — convert to Christianity because Buddhism can’t save his soul — on Fox News Sunday. Brit: Befuddled. He proceeded to deny criticism of proselytizing to the Great Leader of the Right on The O’Reilly Factor, saying, “I think that Jesus Christ offers Tiger Woods something that Tiger Woods badly needs.” He also moaned about how hellish it was to be a Christian in America these days.
Hmm. Jon Stewart’s Best Theological Team on Television weighed in on Monday before Hume’s foot-in-mouth comments. And then Muslim correspondent Aasif Manvi followed on Tuesday with his sympathetic thoughts:
I take it for granted that public utterances I make extolling the superiority of my religion pass without notice or even sometimes with praise. I forget how hard it is to be Christian because it’s so easy to be Muslim.
As a God-fearing man, Hume continues to stand by his comments. Fair enough.
On Wednesday the Buddhists responded with Ethan Nichtern speaking to CNN’s Rick Sanchez to help explicate the exotic religion:
[Buddhism] is a system of meditation techniques and psychological teachings for skillfully working with emotions and stress. Then it’s an ethical system for how to take care of yourself and others around you. That whole system adds up to creating a process for greater self-awareness and understanding, which to my mind is the very essence of redemption and forgiveness.