Media's hostility to Christianity
Many Christians watching commentator Brit Hume's advice to Tiger Woods on last weekend's Fox News Sunday show were convinced Mr. Hume's remarks would draw a firestorm. A few decades ago such advice would have drawn no controversy whatsoever. But in today's world -- where much of the "mainstream" media is quite comfortable bashing Christians and Christianity -- the firestorm which resulted was no surprise.
Tiger Woods' admission of cheating on his wife this past Thanksgiving resulted in much commentary including last Sunday on the Fox News Channel. This is what a very courageous Brit Hume said which created such a cascade of outrage from the left-wing media: "Whether [Tiger Woods] can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it's a tragic situation with him. 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."
Brit Hume then went on to say that his 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." The expected fireworks from the God-hating community against Brit Hume began immediately and in earnest.
"The Washington Times" editorial yesterday said: "If there were doubt that much of the media is hostile to traditional faith, especially traditional Christianity, that doubt has been drowned in the wake of a vicious verbal assault on Fox News analyst Brit Hume. Histrionic fulminations against Mr. Hume's inoffensive expression of faith expose an ugly strain of anti-religious bigotry that is spreading inside this country's liberal establishment."
It is interesting that of the five commentators on the Fox News Sunday panel, two were of the Jewish faith and they seemed to have no problem with Brit Hume's remarks. However, extreme left-wingers such as "The Washington Post's" Tom Shales and some on the sparsely-watched MSNBC television network, such as Keith Olbermann and David Shuster, were highly offended with Hume's advice to Tiger Woods.
The "Post's" Tom Shales taking "a pause from writing love letters to President Obama" in the words of the "Times" editorial, said that Mr. Hume is "sinking into his own mouth-made mire" and that "darts of derision should be aimed at Hume" for "one of the most ridiculous [remarks] of the year" and demanded an apology from Brit Hume.
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann said that Mr. Hume should "keep religious advocacy out of public life since, you know, the worst examples of that are jihadists, not to mention, you know, guys who don't know their own religions or somebody else's religion like Brit Hume."
Unfortunately, such hatefulness by the left-wing media is now commonplace and is threatening religious freedom in America. As "The Washington Times" editorial concluded: "Maybe these media mavens should take Mr. Hume's advice. Their own hatefulness puts them in obvious need of the 'forgiveness and redemption' Mr. Hume kindly recommended. A little charity wouldn't hurt, either."