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Bet a lot of churchgoers didn't get such a straightforward sermon. And how many preachers got in a shot at Buddhism? At The Daily Dish, Andrew Sullivan blasted "the pure sectarianism" of Hume's comments and got in a good line about "the slow morphing of Fox News into the 700 Club.""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. . . . 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.' "
In his "Fox News Sunday" remarks, Hume was correct in that Buddhism does not have the same concepts of forgiveness and redemption. But Buddhism certainly provides paths for healing and the kind of recovery that Hume seems to be talking about. And there have been any number of rebuttals from Buddhists, as rounded up at USA Today's Faith & Reason site. Among my favorites is Kyle Lovett, a.k.a. The Reformed Buddhist:"I certainly want to pursue my faith more ardently than I have done. I'm not claiming it's impossible to do when you work in this business. I was kind of a nominal Christian for the longest time. When my son died, I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it's a pretty big thing. If you do it part time, you're not really living it."
Christians may have some quibbles as well. From what I can tell, Hume's framing of his altar call to the wayward golfer raises at least two debatable points:
Could Hume get away with saying something like this about Jewish people or Black People or the Muslim Faith? You betcha he couldn't. Why should he be able to skate away scott free when speaking about Buddhists?
Any takers on Woods at the Masters?"Well, Brit is concerned about Tiger's soul, which is admirable. I'd just make a more straightforward sports prediction, which is that he'll come back and win the Masters. Because, you know, he's still an awfully good golfer, despite the chaos and bad news about his personal life."
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