"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith. He is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger is, 'Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world,'" said Hume.
On Wednesday, Hume defended his statements in an interview with Christianity Today. "I don't want to practice a faith that I'm afraid to proclaim," he said. "I'm not going to stand on the street with a megaphone. My principal responsibility at Fox News isn't to proselytize. But occasionally a mention of faith seems to me to be appropriate. When those occasions come, I'll do it."
Political advocacy groups jumped to Hume's defense.
Connie McKay of Family Research Council Action said that "the self-anointed 'smarter than you are class'" was shocked at Hume's statements but would have supported him if he had spoken against Christianity or in favor of the free speech rights of child pornographers.
"No wonder the oncoming political tsunami is about to land this year," said McKay. "The Obama media has so misjudged the American public and their value system that they will soon have to report the demise of their own 'smarter than you are' political water carriers. November cannot come soon enough."
On the Tuesday edition of the 700 Club, Pat Robertson called Hume's remarks "a bold statement." Robertson said, "In politically correct terms, you can't say anything about your faith without somebody jumping down your throat."
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