Originally Posted by sammi jo
On "Fox News Sunday" yesterday, 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.'"
I am going to attempt a reasoned response to this, though I doubt it will make any difference.
First of all, Brit Hume is entitled to his opinions about whatever he feels. He was not actually putting down buddhism itself as a religion, but was asserting that forgiveness was easier to obtain under Christianity. I am not sure that his assertion is true as I have not looked into what type of forgiveness and redemption is offered by Buddhism, but I can say that the Christian faith is very free with it's forgiveness. So, what you are getting hyped up over is that he basically said, (paraphrased) "Tiger, if you don't want to be plagued with guilt over what you have done, it is easier to find forgiveness in the Christian faith than Buddhism. That will make it easier to move on in your life."
Tiger Woods strayed from his Buddhist principles, but far less blatantly than, say, Ted Haggard, Jim Bakker and a smorgasbord of Phony Christian evangelicals did from theirs in recent years. Where were the conservatives re. these
moral aberrations?? Nowhere. Ignoresville. As silent as a the grave. In the minds of many of these folk, JudeoChristian beliefs are (morally and ethically) superior to Eastern philosophy... without providing any evidence, justification or reasoning... although the religious right has skewered and distorted genuine Christianity during the last few decades for use as a political tool for the promotion of principles that the founder of Christianity would disown in a nanosecond.
All of the above can be attributed to the higher level of and easier accessibility to forgiveness. I feel that people abuse it as a get out of jail free card though. What Jesus would say about anything other than what he has been quoted in the Bible is only speculation on anyone's part. But I would agree that many have flaunted the gift of forgiveness and used it as a tool to achieve personal gain.
Incidentally, rates of divorce, domestic violence, rape, incest and other violent crime is highest in the Bible Belt. Perhaps it would take the strain off law enforcement and security resources if there was a broad campaign to convert those ranks of bigoted bible bashers to Buddhism?
This is where your argument just goes mean and spiteful.
Once again, he is not saying that Christians are better people, but that forgiveness is easier to be had under Christianity. At least from the quote you have posted.
Now who is going to take my argument out of context and try to show that I am a bigot first?