By Mark Memmott
No, it wasn't a scientific survey. But we thought you might like to know the "results" from our question to Two-Way readers about whether it was wrong for Fox News Channel's Brit Hume to advise golfer Tiger Woods to give up Buddhism and "turn to the Christian faith" for forgiveness and redemption from his sins.
The question attracted 4,377 responses and the split was almost even:
-- 51% said it was not wrong for Hume to say what he did.
-- 49% said it was wrong for Hume to say what he did.
We've also had 126 comments, so far. Here's a sampling:
Lynda Dempsey (Lyndadian): All Christians need to stand up and be recognized for their beliefs and SHARE the Good News of Jesus Christ. We are directed to do so in the Bible. Do not hide you love of Jesus Christ .... give it away to those who are seeking.
Reality Check (RealityCheckUSA): If Mr. Hume is a earnest Christian and truly believes this, I see no serious problem. But there's an big IF coming. Hume should have done this privately, not in his role as a commentator on a news network. And that's the rub isn't it? His real purpose was to score a few points with the Christian right. That's not very Christ-like of him is it? It's much harder to be a Christian than to play one on TV.
Greg Halvorson (Halvorson): Brit Hume is to be commended for recommending the love and forgiveness of Christ to Woods, a man in need of more than money and physical gratification to fill the gaping hole in his heart.
debra kaplan (writer617): The only person Tiger needs to ask forgiveness from is his wife, not the media or the public. What this all comes down to is she is the wronged party here and he needs to make it right by acting like an adult and not a spoiled kid in a candy store. The news anchor has a right to an opinion, but it sounds very self serving and a headline grab. If Britt really feels this way, a private note would have been classy. This just keeps this mess on the air and in the press so that more people can flap their jaws about it. And Britt gets some public attention for it. Have some consideration for Mrs. Woods, and her children.