Jeez. Why is it when anyone brings up religious conversion, so many people go off the track? Fox News analyst Brit Hume has been taking it on the chin since he suggested last weekend that Tiger Woods
turn to Jesus to deal with his sins.
Indeed, it wasn't the most politic thing to do on a public affairs program. Impolitic, because he should have known that blockheads from around the country would be condemning the
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audacity of his speech. He would have had received much less criticism if he had spoken smut.
Hume created the politically incorrect perfect storm: He's from Fox, he's conservative, he spoke his mind about religion and worst of all, he spoke the C word: conversion.
The word has become verboten because, well I don't know. Proselytizing and preaching have been compared with jihad, crusade and inquisition, the use of force, if necessary, to win "converts" to an organized religion.
I demure. Conversion suggests "change," something that has been elevated into the secular world's pantheon of highest values. It suggests a new way of life, a better way of love. If you truly love your fellow person, why wouldn't you recommend, in a respectful and intelligent way, such a thing? Why would you not suggest to a good friend, or to anyone, a path to forgiveness, love, charity, justice and the other components of most organized religions?
Putting a new light on your life is the meat of a billion-dollar industry that comes at us from all corners of the secular world. Shelves of self-help books beckon to us from every bookstore. The boob tube is loaded with advice for improving our lives, reaching our inner self, rising to higher levels of spirituality. No one seems to mind. We can choose whether to look, listen or read. But two innocently spoken, heart-felt sentences from the mouth of Hume? Never!