CT Interviews Brit Hume

I like Brit Hume’s blunt analysis of the media’s regard for Christianity:

CT: Is Christianity welcome in the media?
Hume: No. Christianity is scorned by many in the media.

CT: Did you see that before you made this statement?
Hume: Sure. Think of how many times we’ve seen an athlete interviewed on the sidelines of a football game who says he owes it all to God or owes it all to Christ, and the weird silence that greets those statements. People are uncomfortable with it. People don’t want to talk about it. Politicians who proclaim their faith, the next question is about something else.

There are some other interesting personal details about Hume’s faith in this piece—including some remarks about his son’s suicide eleven years ago. Read the rest here.

Stupak Fighting the Good Fight

Democratic Representative Bart Stupak is fighting the good fight to prevent federal funds from being used to pay for abortions. According to the New York Times, he is prepared to vote against final passage if the bill gets abortion coverage wrong. Here’s an excerpt:

‘With final negotiations on a health care overhaul beginning this week, complaints about “the evil Stupak amendment,” as the congressman dryly called it over dinner here recently, are likely to grow even louder. The amendment prevents women who receive federal insurance subsidies from buying abortion coverage — but critics assert it could cause women who buy their own insurance difficulty in obtaining coverage.

‘Mr. Stupak insists that the final bill include his terms, which he says merely reflect current law. If he prevails, he will have won an audacious, counterintuitive victory, forcing a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass a measure that will be hailed as an anti-abortion triumph. If party members do not accept his terms — and many vow they will not — Mr. Stupak is prepared to block passage of the health care overhaul.’

The rest of the article chronicles how Stupak has become somewhat of a pariah in the Democrat party for his stand. Good for him. This is the kind of courage I wish we saw more of from politicians. Read the rest here.

Howling about Hume not Hitchens

Peter Wehner’s article at National Review Online is right on target about Brit “Humes’ Gentle Witness“. Wehner rightly points out the double-standard of those who cry foul against Hume’s remarks about Buddhism. He writes,

“When Christopher Hitchens, whom I like and whose company I enjoy, appeared on television shows promoting his book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, he was far more critical of Christianity than Hume was of Buddhism. Yet I don’t recall the Left saying that those criticisms were inappropriate for public debate. In fact, they weren’t — and neither are Hume’s words. Furthermore, those who are unnerved by Hume’s ‘sectarianism’ were untroubled by the aggressive atheism of Hitchens.”

He concludes,

“Brit Hume is rightly recognized as one of the finest journalists of his generation. He also turns out to be a man of deep Christian faith who isn’t afraid to say so. That makes him not only rare, but very nearly unique. And admirable.”

This one is worth the time to read. You can do so here.

Hume Ups the Ante

“Christianity is uniquely and especially about redemption and forgiveness. That is what the cornerstone of what the faith is about. Now other faiths aren’t hostile to the idea, but think of what the message of Christ and Christianity is. It is that the God of the universe sent His only begotten Son, who died a hideous death on the cross, to atone for all of our sins. And we are thereby offered through that act a new covenant in which we are offered forgiveness and redemption on a continuing basis in return for our faith in God and our continuing efforts to live the Christian life. That is a unique doctrine.”

–Brit Hume yesterday on WTOP News radio

Listen to the interview here or press the play button below.

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Also, Cathy Lynn Grossman wrote about this conversation in today’s USA Today.

The Coming Hegemony of Twitter

In today’s New York Times, David Carr predicts that Twitter will not go the way of MySpace. It’s here to stay. He argues that the smart user will find much that is helpful about this new technology. He writes:

“At first, Twitter can be overwhelming, but think of it as a river of data rushing past that I dip a cup into every once in a while. Much of what I need to know is in that cup.”

Read the rest here.

Offering Redemption and Forgiveness

Brit Hume has been taking some flak for his remarks yesterday about Christianity and Buddhism. My previous post has the video of his full remarks in which he encourages Tiger Woods to become a Christian. In his own words,

“Whether he can recover as a person depends on his faith. He’s 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 would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'” Continue Reading →

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