Last Refuge

If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, religion must be the recycling bin into which you can toss your sinful nature and be given back… well, who knows where that stuff ends up? At least it’s out of our house, right?

Huffington Post says that television personality Brit Hume has some advice for Tiger Woods…

“The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith,” Hume said. “He is 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. My message to Tiger would, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

It seems to me that Brit Hume is advising Tiger Woods to take advantage of the Prosperity Gospel–a religion that lets disgraced celebrities recycled their reputations into something less toxic. I doubt that Jesus lived his life and suffered his death to provide an easy out for rich men whose private life has caused public embarrassment.

I’m sorry that Tiger Woods is putting his wife and small children through all this pain. I won’t think more of him if he recycles Jim Bakker weeping on camera.

And just for the record, Buddhism does not condone addiction, infidelity, or breaking vows. When I want to see real practitioners of any religion, I look to the ordinary people. They lead, celebrities follow.

UPDATE: Brit Hume elaborates that Tiger Woods needs something that Christianity ‘especially provides’. Would that be political cover and damage control? Jesus was not really supportive of public professions of faith for the purpose of self-aggrandizement. But the Conservative Bible may have re-written those troublesome passages.

I still don’t get the fuss. Tiger Woods owes a huge apology to his wife. And his fans, too, I guess, for behaving in a way he would not own up to. His plan to get away for awhile to work things out is much more sensible, and even graceful, than running around the talk shows claiming that Jesus wiped his sins and everyone should join him in a prayer circle.

Christianity is too old, and practiced by too many saints over the centuries to be undone by the Brit Humes of the world. Some of my best friends are Christians, and they pray even when no one’s watching.

UPDATE: Pat Buchanan, who knows a lot about the uses to which religion can be put agrees that Tiger Woods should convert.

UPDATE: Brit Hume isn’t waiting to be awarded his martyr’s crown, he claimed it for himself this news cycle.

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4 responses

  1. As I understand it, one of Guatama’s main teachings was how to be in a spirit of non-harmfulness.
    Being sexually selfish, in almost any form except celibacy, is harmful.

  2. That would be the type of religious practice where you’re accountable and sometimes have to sacrifice to live up to your stated beliefs.
    It’s much more convenient to use Buddhism as a catch-all and Christianity as a fount of forgiveness without ever having to make amends to the people you hurt.

  3. Mr. Hume appears to have missed some basics about Buddhism. The story of Hyakujo’s fox would seem to contradict his assertion: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/glg/glg02.htm

    Or perhaps, Brit missed the point. Being the, er, Fox network and all :)

  4. John, I loved that story.

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