Uncle Pat’s Ex-Hume-ation…I mean, Exhortation


Pat Buchanan today defended Brit Hume’s comments that Tiger Woods should abandon Buddhism and become a Christian if he wants true “forgiveness.” Buchanan said that Hume gave an “uninformed opinion,” but that it doesn’t necessarily matter that he was denigrating Buddhism, because “there are not a lot of Buddhists watching Fox.”

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Today on MSNBC, Pat Buchanan defended the remarks, which have since generated some controversy.

Buchanan began by admitting “I don’t know what the Buddhist religion is, but there’s no doubt that Christianity is a religion of mercy and forgiveness.”

He continued: “I’m not bothered by Brit Hume doing that. I think he means well.”

Host David Shuster pushed back, pointing out that he was “denigrating Buddhism in the process.”

Buchanan responded: “Well, there are not a lot of Buddhists watching Fox.”

Shuster then read a post from a Buddhist blogger, who commented that Hume could not get away with saying the same thing about Judaism or Islam.

Buchanan fired back by … saying the same thing about Islam: “I don’t agree. Let me say, suppose you said things about the Muslim faith and that it tends to be in a lot of areas very intolerant of other religions. And it does.”

He went on: “I don’t know the Buddhist faith as I said, but I think this is Brit Hume’s view of it. I don’t know if he’s right or wrong about it.”

Tamron Hall then interjected that since Buchanan admittedly doesn’t know anything about Buddhism, and Brit Hume indicated that he too does not know anything about Buddhism, then perhaps neither of them should offer their opinions on the subject.

Buchanan responded: “That’s his opinion! OK, you say it’s an uninformed opinion. OK! it’s an uninformed opinion.”


Reactions to Hume’s comments have been unsurprisingly shocked, with The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan commenting that “the pure sectarianism of this comment – its adoption of the once-secular stage of political journalism to insert a call for apostasy – is striking.”

The Washington Monthly’s Steve Benen was also appalled:

It’s hard to even know where to start with something like this. How many high-profile Christians have had damaging sex scandals of late? Why is Buddhism deemed inadequate for those with family problems? Why is a senior political analyst for a so-called “news” network proselytizing, on the air, during one of the network’s “news” programs?

The folks on Morning Joe took a more jovial tone about the comments, with Mika Brzezinski snarking: “So find a religion that forgives you for your idiotic behavior. Change your religion and you’ll be OK!”

Andy Serwer piped in: “It’s also interesting that Brit Hume is an expert on Buddhism,. I mean that surprises me.”


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18 responses to “Uncle Pat’s Ex-Hume-ation…I mean, Exhortation

  1. writechic

    Hume and Buchanan. Dumb and Dumber.

    The first I heard of Hume’s remark, I thought of the book, Living Buddha Living Christ by a monk that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (I believe) by MLK, Jr. It’s a lovely book that describes how each leader, Buddha and Jesus, is a bridge to divinity.

    It’s treachery that Americans have to hear their “news” from people so profoundly ignorant.

    • it’s one thing to be ignorant. it’s another to be downright insulting. uncle pat thinks it’s okay to disparage an entire group of people, just as long as it doesn’t affect faux’s ratings.

      • writechic

        They are the hollow men….and little bitches.

      • mary b

        Pat brought up yesterday on Tweety’s show how great the Nixon White House controlled the message and had “passion”.
        It was ridiculous. They were talking in response to Obama’s speech about the security breach with the Underwear bomber.
        Old Nixon had “passion” alright. Like his passionate list of enemies. Or his passionate list of Jews he hated. And don’t forget about Watergate.
        Anything to defend rethugs, Christianity and oppose Obama.

        • i saw that. whenever uncle pat’s back is up against the wall, he reaches into his nixon bag of tricks. tweety put the brakes on it pretty quickly by throwing watergate in uncle pat’s path. by the way, did you see tweety tonight? he kept asking that moronic todd harris what the rethugs have done for the american people in the last decade, the last 2 decades, the last 3 decades. harris sat there and couldn’t say a word. tweety can piss me off big time, but there are times when i want to hug him.

  2. JaxDem

    Commenting on a subject upon which they know nothing never holds them back. I am surprised Buchanan said “I don’t know what the Buddhist religion is…” oh, that he could have stopped there, but a nanosecond later he continues with , “but there’s no doubt that Christianity is a religion of mercy and forgiveness.” See he couldn’t leave it alone. He had to prove once again how big an idiot he is.

    You see Pat, you only have it partly correct. Christianity is a religion of mercy and forgiveness. It should be noted that the mercy in question is of the type that one should show his/her fellow wo/man who, let’s say doesn’t have health insurance or enough to eat. We show mercy by doing whatever we possibly can to remedy that situation. Not your idea of mercy which is calling a cease fire on non stop criticism and obstructionism of the opposing party on Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day. And Pat honey, the forgiveness thing – that’s not what you reps think it is at all. No siree. Not the Mark Sandford crying cause I got caught type of thing that you reps seem to be doing with increased regularity these days.

    Much like Sara Palin used her poor baby as a campaign tool, you reps use religion as simply a tool to further your agenda. God is gonna getcha for it too…you betcha.

    • since when has uncle pat ever not commented on something he knows nothing about? he could have said that britty’s heart was in the right place and left it at that. instead, he had to defend britty’s ignorance, thereby displaying his own.

  3. Buchanan is just stupid enough to step into this colossal pile of dung.

  4. So Buchanan’s throwing his shovel into this little clambake, eh?
    ‘By their fruits ye shall know them’, I suppose – whatever happened to that magic time long ago when people felt (and acted) suitably embarrassed after having it graciously pointed out to them that they were ignorantly shooting their mouth off – and how did that impulse get sublimated into ‘Double down quick, dammit!”?


  5. <<>>

    I think it’s amusing, on soooooooooooo many levels that someone can be a.) so ignorant that they know nothing about Buddhism and yet are speaking on national television and b.) that they’re speaking on a “news” program where one would assume that those giving us information are more *informed* than we are.

    Secondly, Christianity is a religion of death. They worship a device of torture, they believe that if you aren’t of their particular sect (within Christianity even) that you’re going to burn for all eternity in a lake of fire. Yes, that’s so damned forgiving, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. *rolls eyes* Hmm, maybe that’s the fire and brimstone I’m feeling… o.O LOL

    They demand the surrender of rational thought, because anyone with half a critical thought in their head, upon reading the Bible and listening to the spiel that Christian Fundamentalists give would realize that it’s utter bullshit. Sure, there’s some good stories in the Bible (and some damned racy ones too that would never make Primetime!), and some of the things that Jesus (if he ever even lived) said are good, and that if the Christians would just follow what Jesus said, the world would be a better place, but no. They’re too busy getting into sex scandals and building mega-churches and flying on executive jets and being tax-exempt and oppressing others, before now by denying “colored” people equal rights and lately gays the same. They’re really busy criminalizing poor Mexicans looking for work and terrorizing scared young women in front of family planning clinics. Because, really, what better can you do with your day but make your fellow human beings miserable? Isn’t that what a “forgiving” deity wants?

    Buddhism is more Christ-like than Christianity by leaps and bounds. Do you see Buddhist priests owning mansions and getting into sex scandals? No, I think not. According to the New Testament, Jesus and his followers owned nothing for themselves, fed the poor and healed the sick. The Christians who are the movers and shakers in television and government nowadays live in million dollar homes and want to deny health care and welfare to the poor. How very Christ-like of them, not.


    And a certain ruler asked him, saying, ‘Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? none [is] good, save one, [that is], God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.’
    And he said, ‘All these have I kept from my youth up.’ Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, ‘Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.’ And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, ‘How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.’ -Luke 18:18-25

    • hi mad! 😀 happy new year! haven’t seen you around here in a long time.

      i don’t like to characterize any religion, because i think that religion is what the person makes of it. it can be a philosophy on how to live one’s life, or it can be used to give one’s self a feeling of superiority. uncle pat and britty fall into the latter category. they don’t have a clue what religion is supposed to be about–which, in my humble opinion, boils down to the golden rule. do unto others as you would have them do unto you. treat others with respect, and they will respect you. it’s really rather simple, and you don’t even have to believe in religion to get there.

  6. Can’t go wrong with the Golden Rule. It’s worth noting that it says somewhere in scripture that the heathen will be judged less harshly than the believers because they didn’t know any better whereas believers knew and chose not to follow the path. The hard core evangelicals just don’t realize how annoying they are with the heady mix of right wing crap and end times doom. They don’t wear it on their sleeves as much as on shoulder boards.