Scorn for Brit Hume, in light of his remarks about Tiger Woods, Buddhism, and Christianity, is coming from many quarters. Josh Harris is right — Jesus says to Mr. Hume:
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!” (Luke 6:22)
Josiah Faas points out that some are calling for Hume’s resignation, and that one can e-mail their support of Hume to FNS@FoxNews.com. Here’s the e-mail I just sent:
Dear Fox News,
In his new capacity as a commentator (a panelist on Fox News Sunday), it seems Mr. Hume should be at liberty to state his personal views on matters, such as the Tiger Woods situation, including the theology of forgiveness in the Buddhist faith versus the Christian faith. I would observe that each of the guests on Fox News Sunday freely state their opinions on various matters — one expects them to have a bias. Hume even prefaced his remarks by saying “I think….” The man simply stated his perspective, one he was willing to and has since defended.
Moreover, Mr. Hume’s remarks about the theology of forgiveness in the Buddhist versus the Christian faith are, in one sense, objectively true. Buddhism is more ambiguous on the concept of right and wrong than Christianity. Consequently, Buddhism is less rigorous on the notion of guilt and of forgiveness than Christianity. Christian theology has a well-developed concept of forgiveness: God is able to forgive us and restore us to Himself because the justice due our transgressions was meted out in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, who, though deserving no punishment Himself, willingly paid the debt on behalf of all those who trust in Him. Christian thinking assumes both the reality of human guilt and the horror of human guilt, both of which Mr. Woods seems to feel acutely. One need not be a Christian to see the coherence and uniqueness of the Christian framework.
In short, I hope you retain Mr. Hume in his current capacity and resist the urges of those who are suggesting you do otherwise.
Related: Denny Burk has more.