I've pretty much exclusively been posting blog items to Stinque these days but since the subject I want to write about has already been posted, and since I have a few things I'd like to say about it, I think I'll come back to this blog for another post. It concerns this astonishing comment by Fox News commenter Brit Hume during a Fox round table discussion on the Tiger Woods affair.
“The extent to which he can recover seems to me depends on his faith,” said Hume. “He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of redemption and forgiveness offered by the Christian faith. 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.”
What would have been controversial is if — somehow — Cameron had made a movie in which the good guys accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts.That a conservative Jew feels the need to pander to his conservative audience by proselytizing for Christianity is a quite remarkable testament to the failure of American conservatism to speak to an audience beyond the Christian pulpit. It should also dishearten those conservatives who cling to the improbable belief that Jews will soon begin deserting the Democratic party in large numbers for the GOP, and those who fear that the GOP is becoming a largely insular, regional party. No, Christianity is not a "regional" religion per se, but this brand of fundamentalist Christianity is largely relegated to the American South and has little hope of establishing itself in the more urban, industrialized, more culturally diverse and better educated regions of the nation.