To gage Brit Hume’s sincerity in extending a nationally televised public invitation to Buddhist Tiger Woods to become a Christian (for the proper sort of “forgiveness” supposedly not available to Woods otherwise), I think that we can ask one simple question: why hasn’t Hume ever made such a public invitation to television personalities from other faiths, such as Bill Kristol (who is Jewish) or Glenn Beck (who is Mormon)?
Why the singling out of a Buddhist?
I think the answer is straightforward: one invitation—that to Woods—has no political downside (how many Fox News watching Buddhists do you know?), while the others split the rightist Teabagger Coalition. For Hume, public expressions of religiosity are obviously linked to political calculation. Indeed, they’re scarcely distinguishable: his religion energizes his politics; his politics energizes his religion. Call it, not the Christianity of the historical Jesus (whatever that might have been), but Fox News Christianity: a smug, materialist, calculating, and right-wing politicized form of 21st century “godliness.”