On “The O'Reilly Factor” on Monday night, Bill O'Reilly neatly boxed in Fox News contributor Brit Hume, who had demanded that Tiger Woods become a Christian in order to find forgiveness for his extramarital affairs.
Hume had startled the media when he made the comment that Buddhism does not offer the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith.
”Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world,” Hume said.
On his show Bill O'Reilly asked Hume straight up if his amazing comments were proselytizing.
Hume should have known better, but he launched into another impassioned plea for Tiger Woods to convert.
“Look, Tiger Woods is somebody I’ve always rooted for, as a golfer and as a man . . . and I’ve always said to people that it was the content of his character that made him beyond his extraordinary golf skills so admirable.
“Now we know that the content of his character was not what we thought it was. He is paying a frightful price for these revelations. My sense is that he has basically lost his family . . . and my sense about Tiger is that he needs something that Christianity especially provides and gives and offers and that is redemption and forgiveness.
“And I was really meaning to say in those comments yesterday more about Christianity than I was about anything else. I mentioned the Buddhism only because his mother is a Buddhist and he has apparently said that he is a Buddhist. I’m not sure how seriously he practices that. But I think that Jesus Christ offers Tiger Woods something that Tiger Woods badly needs.”
Bill O’Reilly dryly noted that if Woods converted, he would be accused, like Bill Clinton after Monica Lewisnsky, of doing it for show.
Hume continued: “What I’m saying is, if Tiger Woods were to make a true conversion, we would know it. It would show through in his being and he would know it above all and he would feel the extraordinary blessing that that would be.
“And it would shine because he is so prominent. It would be a shining light. And I think it would be a magnificent thing to witness.”
Clearly Hume has no qualms making Christianity a better religion than all others. Clearly too, O’Reilly knows that Hume has lost the plot somewhere along the line.