By Mark Memmott

Fox News Channel's Brit Hume told his colleague Bill O'Reilly last night that he wasn't proselytizing when he advised golfer Tiger Woods to "turn to the Christian faith" as a way of finding forgiveness and redemption for the extramarital affairs and other problems in his life.

As we've reported, Hume's advice to Tiger has kicked up quite a fuss.

On last night's O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly put the question about proselytizing to Hume, and Brit explained himself this way:

"Tiger Woods is somebody I've always rooted for. ... Now we know that the content of his character was not what we thought it was. He is paying a frightful price for these revelations. My sense is that he has basically lost his family. ... My sense about Tiger is that he needs something that Christianity, especially, provides and gives and offers. And that is redemption and foregiveness."

Here's the audio, which has more:

A question to the group:

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USA TODAY's Faith & Reason blog, by the way, says Buddhists forgive Hume for suggesting that Woods should abandon their religion.

categories: Media, National News, Religion, Sports

8:55 - January 5, 2010