Brit Hume’s Critics Are Revealing

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the on-going reaction to Fox News analyst Brit Hume’s plea to Tiger Woods that he turn to Christianity and seek forgiveness:

Anyone who doesn’t understand the premium that Christianity puts on forgiveness is badly educated, but that is no excuse for the kind of vitriol that has been spewed against Brit Hume. For advising Tiger Woods to consider Christianity, Hume has been roundly condemned by those whose highest virtue is being non-judgmental. He has been compared to Islamic extremists by Keith Olbermann of MSNBC; he has been the subject of endless blogs ridiculing him and his religion; and is now being counseled by Tom Shales of the Washington Post to apologize.

None of Hume’s critics, of course, seem to have any problem with the increasingly aggressive campaigns launched by atheists seeking to proselytize Christians. During this past Christmas season, we were treated to a slew of atheist evangelizing efforts, ranging from billboards in towns across America to posters on urban buses, all designed to promote atheism and denigrate Christianity. In England, author Philip Pullman is pushing for an atheist curriculum in the elementary schools, and his fellow countryman and cohort, Richard Dawkins, wants summer camps aimed at weaning kids away from Christianity. These examples, of course, are seen by Hume’s critics as nothing more than exercises in free speech. But when he speaks, as an analyst, not as a reporter, he’s put on the liberal watch-list as a closet Taliban.

When George W. Bush was reelected in 2004, all we heard from this gang was about the coming theocracy that threatened to engulf America. Even they didn’t think that the worst that would happen was a soundbite from Brit Hume touting the teachings of Christianity.

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  • Joe DeVet

    I can sort of understand how atheists might come by their beliefs, though I think one would have to carefully avoid certain basic questions of life and existence in order to hold such a worldview.

    But it is a total mystery to me why atheists would proselytize in the way we’re seeing, in increasing amounts of late. One can imagine talking to one’s friends and family about the reasons for such beliefs, and maybe even private attempts to persuade. But to organize, contribute money, and create marketing programs to put this kind of non-belief in front of total strangers–what’s going on??

  • LarryW2LJ

    Because atheists believe that religion is responsible for all the bad things in the world; and that we who believe in God are primitive and inherently stupid. If we smarten up and just “let go” of God – then all will be right with the world. That is why I cannot stand the song “Imagine” – The line “No religion, too”.

    What they fail to grasp is the good role that religion has played throughout our history and continues to play today. The Catholic Church kept history alive through the Dark Ages. Religious organizations today provide so much good at no cost to taxpayers. When was the last time you saw the atheists (in droves) roll out the wagons and goods to help hurricane, earthquake, tsumami or blizzard victims? What aetheist organization provides TRUE healthcare and not just “reproductive services” (codeword – abortion!) I don’t see any hospitals or free clinics being opened by them – nor thrift shops, food banks, etc.

    The difference is so basic and simple that it’s amazing. Religious people tend to think of others first – atheists only think about themselves and how stupid we are.

    Larry

  • comayo

    I was with a very holy Missionary when John Lennon was killed, and interestingly
    he dies on our Lady’s feast day(12/8) whereas the year before Bsp Sheen did not— 12/9.

  • lkeebler

    Good for Brit Hume, I’m proud of him!! I think more Christians want to speak up but don’t because of getting the same reaction Brit is getting, but I hope that doesn’t stop them. The more that Christians speak up, the louder they will be in drowning out the free-speech suppressors.

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