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In Theory

January 15, 2010

In response to questions about part-time Newport-Mesa resident and pro golfer Tiger Woods, who recently admitted to having extramarital affairs, Fox News commentator Brit Hume had this to say: “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 your opinion, should Brit Hume apologize to Buddhists for his on-air remarks about that religion, and is it appropriate for Hume to promote Christianity over other religions?

What happened to free speech? Brit Hume was asked his opinion and he gave it. He said nothing wrong. He is aware of God’s love and mercy and decided to share it with the viewers.

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Why must we be so concerned with being politically correct these days? People can and do publicly bash Christianity with immunity (which evidently is not politically incorrect). Brit Hume did not bash Buddhism; he simply stated one difference between what Buddhism has to offer compared with what Christianity has to offer.

To directly answer the questions, no apology is necessary and it is not inappropriate for Hume, in his role as commentator (not as a news anchor) to share his Christian beliefs with whoever wishes to listen to him.

Fr. Stephen Doktorczyk

St. Joachim Church

While we Christians believe that forgiveness and redemption come through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, I feel it is presumptive to believe that any religion not associated with a belief in Jesus has no method of obtaining forgiveness or redemption.

In Buddhism, the violation of an ethical code subscribed to provides its own punishment both here and in the hereafter. While Buddhism does not rely on a belief in a God-Creator, it does subscribe to a clearly refined code of ethics that provide an admirable guide for living. Anyone with close ties to those of the Buddhist faith know the distinctive character of kindness and caring they exhibit.

It was uncomfortable for me to read of Mr. Hume’s “invitation” in a public forum for Woods to change his religion.

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