The facts are fairly simple.
Brit Hume was a guest on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” on January 3, 2010. Chris Wallace asked the panelists to make predictions for 2010 in four different categories: politics, entertainment, sports, and the economy. When it was his turn to talk about sports, Hume said this:
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person, I think, is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation with him. I think he’s lost his family; it’s not clear to me whether he’ll be able to have a relationship with his children. But the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal, the extent to which he can recover, it seems to me to depend 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. So my message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn your faith, turn to the Christian faith, and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.’” www.youtube.com/watch?v=04GQSbyZGDg
Strangely enough, the world did not come to an end that day — in spite of the reckless free speech Hume exercised, according to the mainstream media and certain bloggers. However, when interviewed after the fact, he was the first to admit that he had unleashed a verbal nuclear option:
“If you’re trying to find the two most explosive words in the English language those two words are Jesus Christ. You start talking about Jesus Christ and I don’t mean to make a pun but all hell breaks loose. People rage about this. It’s very offensive to those who don’t share the faith. It’s offensive to some people who claim they do share the faith.” http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/01/06/brit-hume-to-cbn-news-i-dont-regret-christian-faith.aspx
And for those who are offended by a pundit “proselytizing” on a political show, let us not forget that his statement was made about sports. He was specifically asked to make a sports prediction, and he surmised that “Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer” but did not know if he would “recover as a person.” So Hume was acknowledging that Woods would again regain his footing on a professional level, but his success as a father was harder to predict. Some may know that Brit Hume had a reason to make a distinction between the golfer’s professional life and his personal life; Brit’s career success did not spare him from grieving the loss of his child:
“11 years ago my son committed suicide and as you can imagine it was absolutely devastating and yet throughout that whole horrible time I had this sense that God was there for me, that he would rescue me, that he would save me and he did in ways that I couldn’t imagine or expected. His imagination is always greater than ours.”
“If you think about what Christianity is about it’s about sinners and Christianity is a religion for sinners and I think that Tiger Woods has an opportunity here and my prayer would be that he would take it.” http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2010/01/06/brit-hume-to-cbn-news-i-dont-regret-christian-faith.aspx
So it seems that Hume’s comments on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” were an effort to help Tiger Woods avoid the struggle and confusion of a compartmentalized life — enjoying success in the sports world, while experiencing failure in family relationships. But perhaps that was Brit Hume’s greatest crime: He made a public choice to NOT be compartmentalized; he let his faith out of its little box, and it escaped onto the set of a cable news network and exploded onto the screen.