by Karen Topakian
Brit Hume, Fox News’ Senior Political Analyst, recently offered some religious advice to Tiger Woods.
“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,” Hume said. “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.'”
If Tiger Woods is guilty of adultery, I really don’t care if he is or not, is Christianity the only way to recover? Couldn’t his own religious beliefs serve him as well?
According to Rev. Lisa Hoffman, Zen priest, “The Dalai Lama says that, “My religion is kindness.” Buddhism is about doing all good, and not doing harm. It’s about living for the benefit of all beings, being of service, knowing deeply that we are all connected. So while the Buddha did not talk specifically about forgiveness and redemption, our practice involves not harming and when we do to correct the harm as soon as we recognize it.”
If Tiger is a practicing Buddhist, his religious/spiritual beliefs can certainly accommodate his alleged acts.
Since Buddhism doesn’t speak to the Christian concept of redemption, which calls for absolution for past sins and deliverance/protection from damnation, the notion of needing redemption seems to be immaterial.
I couldn’t help but wonder if Mr. Hume offered this same advice to Senator John Ensign, a resident of the C Street Christian Fellowship, who had an extra-marital affair with a staffer who was married to an employee in his office. Or to Governor Mark Sanford, an Episcopalian?