At first I tried to shrug this off. But it kept eating at me. Why? Fox News and many members of Christianity hold a certitude in their One TruthTM and espouse it in an attempt-to-save-and-condemn-the-rest strategy. It’s nothing new.
Then I read this: Sociological Images made an excellent point in Brit Hume: Only Christianity Can Save Tiger Woods:
It’s an interesting example of how many Americans treat Christianity as the default, “normal,” and the best religion for everyone. Can you imagine Fox News, or any other news outlet, intentionally giving air time to a person saying that Tiger Woods needs to convert from Christianity to Buddhism (or any other religion) if he’s going to change his behavior? Can you imagine the outcry if the suggested religion was Islam?
That’s what bothered me. I identified with the slighted Buddhists, and felt offended on their behalf for the tolerance Fox News had for him (when news anchors have been fired for less). Yet I was also offended for my own faith. Why should I feel embarrassed or shamed (or that I should feel shamed or embarrassed) for following a minority religion, one that isn’t “default” or even “normal”?
Later, Brit Hume bemoaned angry reactions to his claim, claiming that Christianity in America is under attack. Oh please. He insulted Buddhists directly, and put down every other religion in an attempt to elevate his own.
The Daily Show covered Brit Hume’s hypocrisy in “The Temple of Hume” with characteristic wit and satire:
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What are your thoughts on what Brit Hume said?
- Telling Tiger Woods to Become Christian is ‘Not Proselytizing’: Brit Hume [Proselytizing] (gawker.com)
- Brit Hume Needs To Stop Proselytizing [Proselytizing] (gawker.com)
- Brit Hume: ‘As Victims of Unfair Media Treatment Go, Shirley Sherrod Got Off Easy’ (videocafe.crooksandliars.com)
- Brit Hume Tries to Gloss Over Fox’s Role in Helping Breitbart Attack Shirley Sherrod and the NAACP (videocafe.crooksandliars.com)