FACES PUBLIC CENSURE!
MEDIA DEMANDS APOLOGY!
The most offensive two words in the English language are not “ ,” “George Bush,” “staunch liberal” or “compassionate conservative.”
Neither are the words “f*** you,” nor any other expletive.
The words, according to Fox News Analyst Jesus Christ.”, are “
Mr. Hume has faced a maelstrom of criticism for suggesting that, the , turn to Jesus Christ in order to makeover his personal life.
Woods marriage has been wrecked by scandals of adulterous behavior not only with golf groupies but also professional prostitutes.
On Fox News Sunday, Mr. Hume suggested that the golfer – - who claims to be a Buddhist – -turn to Christianity for answers to his personal problems and the means to achieve reconciliation with his wife and children.
His remarks concerning Tiger Woods emerged from his response host Chris Wallace’s question about the biggest sports story of 2009.
Mr. Hume said that the biggest story concerning Woods and his admission of infidelities and indiscretions. He speculated that while the golfer will recover professionally, his comeback as a family man and a role model for young people remains a question mark.
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer.” Hume predicted. “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.”
The former newsman-turned-commentator then dropped the bombshell: “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.’”
His words prompted immediate outcry from the media.
Tom Shales, media critic for the Washington Post , demanded that Hume apologize and labeled his remarks “even only a few days into January, as one of the most ridiculous of the year.”
blasted Hume, saying he had no business mentioning Christianity on a political talk show.
“I do think (talking about Christianity on a political talk show) diminishes the discussion of Christianity,” Shuster said. “My Christian friends have said as much, that it diminishes the discussion of Christianity and faith when you have a conversation out-of-the-blue on a political talk show. This wasn’t the ‘700 Club,’ this wasn’t ‘Theocracy Today.’”
Similarly, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann accused Hume of an “attempt to threaten Tiger Woods into converting to Christianity.”
Mr. Hume said he was “not surprised” by the media reaction, claiming there is a “double-standard” when it comes to speaking publicly about Christianity versus other religions.
He told CNSNews: “If I had said, for example, that what Tiger Woods needed to do was become more deeply engaged in his Buddhist faith or to adopt the ideas of Hinduism, which I think would be of great spiritual value to him, I doubt anybody would have said anything.”
When asked if he would do it again, Mr. Hume did not hesitate to respond affirmatively.
He further said: “The most controversial two words you can ever utter in a public space are ‘Jesus Christ.”
When asked to speculate about the reasons for the media’s vitriolic response to Christianity and the name of Jesus, Mr. Hume replied: “I think it is true that for people who are not Christian, Christianity makes a fairly extravagant claim which is that the made Flesh — came into this world, lived, suffered terribly, and died for the remission of our sins, and then rose again. This is a huge supernatural event, and a lot of people don’t—have a lot of trouble believing it. But if you do purport to believe it, the implications are pretty staggering. And the result is you may end up talking about it.”