Brit Hume: Tiger Woods Advice 'Not Proselytizing'

He defends comments on Buddhism, Christianity to Bill O'Reilly
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 7:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Tiger Woods “needs something that Christianity especially provides and gives and offers, and that is redemption and forgiveness,” Brit Hume told Bill O’Reilly last night—while adamantly denying his Sunday night exhortation to the golfer was proselytizing. Even so, if Woods were to convert, it “would be a magnificent thing to witness.” One person who disagrees with Hume: Tom Shales, who writes that Hume must apologize in today’s Washington Post.

Hume “dissed about half a billion Buddhists on the planet” with his original remark that Buddhism doesn’t offer the same opportunity for redemption that Christianity does, writes Shales—who believes Hume was proselytizing. “It sounded a little like one of those Verizon vs. AT&T commercials, except that Hume was comparing two of the world's great religions, not a couple of greedy communications conglomerates.”

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