Cross-posted from Slobber And Spittle

(FDL readers click here) Caption: Buddha Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan. This statue, made of bronze, is 11.40 m high and weights 93 t.

Image credit: Dirk Beyer/Wikimedia

Yet more proof that anyone who takes Fox "News" seriously has to be a frothing idiot, courtesy of Steve Benen:

I was taken aback when I saw that Fox News’ Brit Hume, reflecting on Woods’ career on the air this morning, talked about whether the golfer may return to his chosen profession.

"The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith," Hume said. "He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So, my message to Tiger is, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

Hume was not, as the video shows, kidding.

Brit Hume Said What?

I don’t know jack about Buddhism, but in contrast to Brit Hume, I’m willing to admit that to myself. What I do know about Buddhism is that it’s a religion that’s been around for more than a thousand years, and has hundreds of millions of adherents. For a religion to be that successful, it would have to have some way for its disciples to forgive themselves. Turns out I’m right:

“To understand everything is to forgive everything”

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)
Thinkexist.com: Forgive Quotes

Which led to these:

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Be vigilant; guard your mind against negative thoughts.”

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

Thinkexist.com: (relevant Buddhist quotes)

As you can see, Buddhism does have something to say about forgiveness, which is that it’s usually the better course for one’s own well being. Too bad Brit Hume couldn’t spend ten minutes doing an Internet search and a little reading before he babbled about his prejudices on TV.

You might not be surprised to know that Prince Siddharta had something to say about that, too:

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

Buddha quotes (Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)

Thinkexist.com: (relevant Buddhist quotes)

I’ll translate that from the Hindi for you, Brit: "Next time, look it up, Butthead!"

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