A Hume-an Interest Story

From the raw story:

Buddhism is inferior to Christianity when it comes to forgiveness of sins, according to Fox News pundit Brit Hume. Tiger Woods should turn his back on Buddhism and become a Christian to be forgiven for cheating on his wife, Hume told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday.

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Hume’s statements are particularly ironic given the recent sex scandals encountered by an assortment of Christian politicians.


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(Video at the raw story link)
From LexisNexis News (Fox News Network transcript):

HUME: 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 with him. I think he’s lost his family. It’s not clear to me that — whether 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 depends 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 your faith — turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

Why Tiger, Pastor Britty? Why no advice for John Ensign or Mark Sanford? Or maybe you should start closer to home. From NNDB:

Rupert Murdoch
AKA Keith Rupert Murdoch

Born: 11-Mar-1931
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian [1]

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In 1996 he started the Fox News Channel […]

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His second wife, Anna Torv, worked for Murdoch as a reporter before marrying him, and divorced him after more than thirty years when she discovered he had been having an affair with a junior executive at Star TV, a News Corp subsidiary. Torv reportedly won the largest divorce award in history, about $1.7B in assets and $110M in cash. Murdoch and his mistress, Wendi Deng, were married seventeen days after his divorce from Torv was finalized.

[1] Asked if there is any truth to recent press describing his newfound piety, Murdoch replies: “No. They say I’m a born again Christian and a Catholic convert and so on. I’m certainly a practicing Christian, I go to church quite a bit but not every Sunday and I tend to go to Catholic church — because my wife is Catholic, I have not formally converted. And I get increasingly disenchanted with the C of E or Episcopalians as they call themselves here. But no, I’m not intensely religious as I’m sometimes described.” Interviewed in 1992. Nicholas Coleridge, Paper Tigers (1993), p. 487.

You can read the sordid details about Mrs. Murdoch here.

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36 responses to “A Hume-an Interest Story

  1. Nonnie you’re falling into the trap way too many people are. Plenty o’ folks lambasted Sanford for example.
    I am amazed by how much people are getting their crazy on on this matter. I for one think it’s all nuts and the whole Tiger affair affair needs to go away. Way too much more important stuff going on. With that said,and a pledge that I don’t watch Fox and hate golf I wonder if some of this is more the messenger or is it the Message ?

  2. Nonnie you inspired me. Seriously though I added a link to my piece: http://in2thefray.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/hume-er-me-whats-the-big-freakin-deal/
    You get any static or anything let me know and I’ll delete. Take Care- A

    • hey alfie! long time, no see. happy new year! πŸ˜€

      as far as i’m concerned, personal lives should be just that–personal. however, it’s the religious right that made people’s personal beliefs part of the political debate. they started it, so now they have to live with it. mark sanford and john ensign (among others) said bill clinton should resign after the monica lewinsky affair. now they think everyone should mind their own business. well, sorry, but what goes around comes around.

      as long as no laws are being broken and no special interests are being given special attention or favors, then i really don’t care who is getting his dinky stinky with whom. i also don’t care what religion a politician is, if they can do their jobs without bias. i also think that news programs should report the news without bias, and i don’t think they should be used to preach any religion. there are plenty of religious stations for people to watch if that’s the programming they want to see. as someone who isn’t christian, i found what hume said to be insulting and unnecessary.

      no worries, alfie, if people come over and are angry. it won’t be anything new. we have a special little corner for the trolls to sit in. πŸ˜‰

  3. writechic

    Yet, Hume is a moron. He can’t even understand the absurdity of what he’s saying. Buddhists don’t have a history of running around the world, kicking ass and taking names in the name of the 4 Noble Truths and 8-Fold Path. That would be hypocritical…and that concept entirely escapes our Mr. Hume.

  4. I used to like Brit when he was a respectable reporter with ABC. I guess he sold out.

  5. “Murdoch and his mistress, Wendi Deng, were married seventeen days after his divorce from Torv was finalized.”

    Thanks for digging up this item, Nonnie–I had no idea! Paradoxically, it actually made Mr. Newscorp look a bit better First, at least that dirty old codger didn’t waste any time in making her an honest woman. Second, racism doesn’t appear to be one of his vices. Finally, he may actually have good taste.

    Ugh, I just typed three nice things about Rupert Murdoch. Excuse me while I take a bath.

    • i had cited the story about wendi before in an old post. there’s a bit more detail there. wendi is a manipulating money-grubber with no scruples. rupie wasn’t her first affair. that is, if they were actually having a sexual fling. her daughters with rupie were conceived through artificial insemination.

      by the way, if the name, anna torv, sounds familiar, it’s also the name of the actress who plays olivia dunham in fringe. rupie is her uncle. her father is uncle rupie’s ex-wife’s brother.

      • Thanks for pointing me to that post. You posted it two months before I started posting at the Big Orange, and even longer before I discovered you and your blog. No wonder I had missed it.

        As for Wendi, um, wow, she’s a real piece… of work. The worst part of the whole story is that she’s an alumna of Cal State Northridge, one of my my alma maters. I’m sure the Alumni Association will make her out to be a great success.

  6. bobby

    Brit Hume is absolutely right about Christian forgiveness. Recall how the Catholic church forgave all those pedophile priests after they were exposed. They even gave them new parishes to continue their practice. Now that’s forgiveness that you probably wouldn’t find in the Buddist religeon

    • hello bobby,

      welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€

      how good a person is should not be measured by how religious they are or by what religion they belong to or believe in. your worth as a person should be measured by your deeds. if tiger woods wants to be a better person, he should stop screwing around on his wife. he doesn’t have to convert or suddenly declare that he’s suddenly become religious. in my humble opinion, that’s the easy way out. living your life doing good things for others is a bit more difficult. i wonder what brit hume has been doing for others lately.

      • Hey, Nonnie, For one thing, Brit has been dispensing over-the-counter religious medication, the same elixir that atrophied the walnut between his ears.

        Institutionalized Christians are oblivious to the real nature of religion, so it should surprise no one when a zombie like Hume blathers out some arrogant Christian-ey boilerplate benefit. I’m just surprised he didn’t wave a contract for Tiger to sign, complete with a couple “Get out of Hell Free” cards.

        • if it’s a get out of hell card tiger wants, he should convert to catholicism. you just have to sit in a telephone booth, talk to the guy on the other side, and then eat a cookie or something. πŸ˜‰

  7. Here’s your chance to make a million bucks Nonnie! Send the poster to evil Rupert with a business model to do the L Ron treatment to his broadcasts. Tax free operation and the cash appeals to the chumps would fill a vault every week. Would playing clarinet mean I should convert to Judaism?

    • somehow i don’t think old rupie would welcome me on his payroll. πŸ˜₯ so sad!

      do you have to be jewish to play the clarinet? it just so happens that i am jewish and that i took clarinet in junior high (hated it! i wanted to play anything else, but my older sister played the clarinet, so i had to, too). however, i didn’t know that it was a requirement. let’s see…artie shaw, benny goodman…hey! you might be right! πŸ˜‰

  8. Sigh …

    Hey, it worked for Dick Morris! All he had to do was declare himself a good Christian, come out hating the Clintons, become a Republican, and suddenly he was declared forgiven by the Right.

    Speaking as a Christian, I wish that clueless TV personalities would keep their mouths shut a lot more often than they do.

    • i hope dick morris didn’t choke on any toes while he was declaring his sudden piousness. i don’t care if people want to talk about their religion. it’s their right. however, there is a time and a place for everything, and the place for britty’s speech was on pat robertson’s show or in his own church.

      • Agreed. Frankly, though, this is probably trying to play to the base audience a bit. This is the kind of thing that James Dobson might say on his show, and it would be completely appropriate to that audience. Since Fox shares a lot of that audience, perhaps they just thought it was time to remind them. After all, the “war on Christmas” was last month.

        It’s not news-show material.

        • if they are playing to their base, i think they’re rather stupid. the base will be there to worship glenn blechhh and the rest of the morons. however, they risk alienating those viewers who aren’t christian and who will take offense to one of their paid talking heads declaring that his religion is the only one worth anything.

  9. mary b

    They are Rent-A-Christians.
    They believe that if they belong to a church or attend one, that that makes them Christians. HA!
    They don’t even know what the whole purpose of Jesus being born to Man is about. They hear the talking points and then jump on them, thinking it makes them smarter and superior.
    All major religions are based on love, forgiveness and compassion.
    Murdoch can easily be lumped in with the Anti-Christs. The Bible says there are many of them, not one like the Fundy’s want you to believe. There will be many throughout the generations, not one that comes for the End Timer nutjobs.
    Seriously, these people need to stay out of religion AND politics. Our Founders knew all too well that they do NOT belong together.
    And who the fuck does Britt think he is?
    What was that Jesus said?
    Oh yeah. Those without sin, cast the first stone.

    • i call them christians of convenience. cocs. they think they can do anything they damned please, as long as they confess or declare their christianity. i don’t think life works that way. if you do something wrong, you need to make it right if you can, and if you can’t, you don’t do it again, and you try to make up for it in some other way. feed the poor, be kind to someone who is suffering, smile at someone who has been forgotten by someone else. that counts more in my book than showing off the calloused knees you got from so much praying.

  10. How revolting!
    I saw the clip- the 4 other anchor people looked stunned for a minute…. kind of like Holy Crap! Did he really just say that????

    Hume had his Macaca moment.

    • not one of them said a word about what he had said. they didn’t have the guts. if any of them had an ounce of brains or courage, s/he would have said, i respect your religious beliefs, but you have to respect the beliefs of others.

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