Brit Hume has gotten quite a reaction for stating on a Fox News Broadcast that Tiger Woods needs to turn to Christ in this difficult time in his life. In this age of tolerance this has been viewed as insensitive and intolerant. I found this quote from the Washington Post found on Justin Taylor’s blog very helpful.
From Michael Gerson’s article on the Brit Hume kerfuffle:
True tolerance consists in engaging deep disagreements respectfully — through persuasion — not in banning certain categories of argument and belief from public debate.
In this controversy, we are presented with two models of discourse. Hume, in an angry sea of loss and tragedy — his son’s death in 1998 — found a life preserver in faith. He offered that life preserver to another drowning man. Whatever your view of Hume’s beliefs, he could have no motive other than concern for Woods himself.
The other model has come from critics such as Shales, in a spittle-flinging rage at the mention of religion in public, comparing Hume to “Mary Poppins on the joys of a tidy room, or Ron Popeil on the glories of some amazing potato peeler.” Shales, of course, is engaged in proselytism of his own — for a secular fundamentalism that trivializes and banishes all other faiths. He distributes the sacrament of the sneer.
Who in this picture is more intolerant?