Fox News analyst Brit Hume is coming under fire after he encouraged Tiger Woods to consider embracing the Christian faith.
“He’s said to be a Buddhist,” Hume said on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith.”
“Tiger,” he said, “Turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”
Woods is on hiatus from golf after confessing to cheating on his wife.
Hume is a follower of Christ and his remarks have drawn outrage from other journalists.
The most vocal coming from MSNBC where Keith Olbermann compared Hume to Islamic extremists.
“An organization proselytizing, trying to force others to convert to its faith alone, you know, just like Islamic extremists,” he said on-air.
MSNBC anchor David Shuster offered this on-air assessment: “Doesn’t it also denigrate Christianity when you do that on a Sunday political talk show? This isn’t church, this isn’t some sort of holy setting, this is a political talk show….Doesn’t that minimize the significance of Christianity, when you bring a discussion of Christianity into a conversation about politics?”
Washington Post television critic Tom Shales was especially bothered by Hume. “The remark will probably rank, even only a few days into January, as one of the most ridiculous of the year,” he wrote.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Jay Bookman called Hume, “arrogant.”
Hume defended his comments Monday on The O’Reilly Factor and denied trying to proselytize the fallen golfer.
“He needs something that Christianity especially provides and gives and offers and that is redemption and forgiveness,” Hume said.
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Todd Starnes is a FOX News Radio reporter and best-selling author.