Buddhism and the Fox (News)

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fox News analyst Brit Hume ruffled hundreds of millions of feathers last weekend when he suggested Tiger Woods should switch from Buddhism to Christianity for moral redemption. We spoke with Robert Thurman, professor of Buddhist studies at Columbia University, to talk more about religion and redemption.

Guests:

Robert Thurman

Comments [4]

Jon

Brit Hume said of Buddhism: "I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith." That's a roundabout way of saying that Christianity offers a superior kind of forgiveness and redemption (otherwise Hume would not be recommending a conversion to Christianity).

Apr. 19 2010 10:35 PM
Charles

In addition, there is this Michael Gerson column from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/07/AR2010010703244.html

And this, too, should be noted; Tiger Woods, by his own account, was a casual Buddhist, who said there were simply things he liked, and drew from, Buddhism. If anybody has any evidence that Tiger Woods had thought of himself as devoted to Buddhism, Im all ears.

Jan. 08 2010 12:03 AM
Charles

"It" was the misspelled first word in the above post. Sorry.

Jan. 07 2010 11:56 PM
Charles

I is completely unsurprising that orthodox Liberals employed at an NPR station would take offense at anything uttered on the Fox Sunday news program -- even a self-proclaimed "personal" observation like Brit Hume's.

I very much expect that Fox will engage in much more debate with and about Brit Hume's comment, long before the Takeaway allows an opposing view, like this one published at National Review online:

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=M2EyZDc1ODc4ZmEzNTk2YzM1NzI0OTJlOTFkZGViZGQ=

It was virtually impossible to count all the ways that Celeste Headlee and John Hockenberry misstated or mischaracterized Hume. Well, at least I supplied a link for the more curious listeners who might want to think about what Hume actually said, and not what Celeste Headlee thinks he said.

Jan. 07 2010 06:40 PM

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