Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Brit Hume, Tiger Woods, and the "Christian faith"

Here's an interesting article from Politics Daily. Do you think Brit Hume's remarks were enough, or should he have mentioned the name of Jesus Christ specifically rather than a general reference to "the Christian faith"? Do you think he was being sensitive given the circumstances or a bit watered down? Read the article and view the clip below.

On "Fox News Sunday," Fox anchor Brit Hume suggested that Tiger Woods should trade his Buddhist faith for Christianity if he wants to make a personal comback. When host Chris Wallace asked the show's roundtable to predict the biggest sports story of 2010, Hume said:

"Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I
think is a very open question, and it's a tragic situation for him. I think he's
lost his family, it's not clear to me if he'll be able to have a relationship
with his children, but the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out
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 that 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.'"

After a moment of awkward silence, fellow panelist Bill Kristol quipped, "Well, Brit's concerned about Tiger's soul, which is admirable, but I just made a more straightforward sports prediction, which was that he'll come back and win the Masters."


Kurt Michaelson said...

Britt Hume, at least pointed in the right direction and yes, it would have been better to acknowledge Christ specifically regarding redemption, forgiveness and salvation. One would hope that Tiger would realize that all his material possessions and wealth won't be travelling with him when he dies. I didn't know that Tiger was a Buddhist.

Rich Bradford said...

I think that Brit could have been a little more direct and stated that Tiger needs to become a follower of Jesus Christ. I agree that he did point in the right direction. Brit was more specific in later interviews.

Paul Latour said...

Yeah, maybe he could have said more but, hey, something is better than nothing. I admire Britt for just saying what he did. I thought it courageous of him, nonetheless. I think, for the most part, people got the message.

Lets not forget, as well, that Britt was probably under the gun in more ways than one while he was talking, like a floor producer counting down with his fingers how many seconds he had to get his message across.

I think he handled it well.