From America, comes word that a man employed as a television personality has -- on the air -- suggested that another man employed as a sports personality should abandon Buddhism in favor of Christianity.
The matter arises from news that the aforesaid sports personality had extra-marital relations with one or more willing partners of the opposite sex.
The remarks are as follows:
"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 be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."
This comment, if accurately quoted, bespeaks woeful misunderstanding of Buddhism, which is not necessarily a "faith" in the conventional sense of the word.
Let me also say that Buddhism isn't particularly interested in who sleeps with whom. In the final analysis, anything that did or did not happen is strictly between the parties involved, and doesn't really require "forgiveness" in any save the social contract sense.
As to the concept of "redemption," I cannot offer any opinion.
Redemption from what?
Nevertheless, the ignorant and insensitive remarks by the television commentator have offended many Buddhists in America and around the world. It is an extraordinarily insulting suggestion, insofar as it exhorts the Buddhist to forsake his refuge vows. It is also quite clearly contrary to the norms of polite, adult discourse, and exhibits unfair bias.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates matters such as these, and I believe they should investigate the incident in question to see if the network that employs the commentator might be instructively reprimanded or fined. Tips on filing a complaint with the FCC may be had by clicking here.
Keywords: Brit Hume, Tiger Woods, typical American bullshit, Christian bigotry, Fox network, FCC violations