In what is certain to solidify Fox News's standing among Christian conservatives, semi-retired former anchor Brit Hume on Sunday advised Tiger Woods to renounce his Buddhist religion and turn to Christianity. "The extent to which he can recover [from the current scandal said to involve numerous extra-marital affairs], it 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, so my 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.'" Others have suggested that Woods would not be in the predicament in which he finds himself had he paid more attention to his own religion. (He reportedly meditates daily and attends a Buddhist temple with his mother, who was born in Thailand.) In a 2008 interview with the Buddhist Channel, he said, "In the Buddhist religion you have to work for it yourself, internally, in order to achieve anything in life and set up the next life. It is all about what you do, and you get out of it what you put into it. So you are going to have to work your butt off in every aspect of your life."

04/01/2010