After you read and vote, please take time to write a letter to Fox News firstname.lastname@example.org to tell them what you think… ( I did borrow a bit from BitterRoot Badger’s Letter but it was just too good!).
I am amazed at the level of quality Fox News sinks to these days. When a news-anchor calls openly for the conversion of someone to Christianity by stating that Buddhism is not a moralistic religion, I think it is time to review your “Fair and Balanced” moniker.
As one of the many American Buddhists you just deeply offended, I can assure you that Buddhism offers an ethical teaching that is more than adequate to the task.
Were Mr. Hume to actually research this topic or even think before speaking, he would have realized that his words were both insulting, derogatory and wholly ignorant. If he took a moment to even think about (or look up on Wikipedia) that one of the core of Buddhist teachings everywhere is the Eightfold Path which details that for one’s happiness in life and to end suffering, one needs to abide by certain moral and ethical guidelines.
There is very little need for a Deity of any sort to live a positive and fruitful life. Morals were long in play before the advent of Christianity and for the most part the Christian faith has not done a bang-up job of keeping up their own moral through-out history.
But I am off of my topic. The most troubling point is for a journalist to use a mass-media format to call someone’s conversion from one religion to another. If it were a comment aimed at any other religion, I would feel the same way. So, in the interest of fairness and balance, I’m writing to insist on an on-air apology from Mr. Hume to all the Buddhists he so casually disrespected on your program. In fact, it would be nice for him to sincerely review something as commonplace as Wikipedia and recite a little bit about the Buddhist ethics he so casually tossed away.
A few more posts for your enjoyment:
- Brit Hume is Ignorant ~ My Buddha is Pink
- Brit Hume and Fox News “Fair and Balanced” ~ Precious Metal
- Fox News and Buddhist Ethics — Updated ~ BitterRoot Badger Bozeman Buddhism Blog
- Tiger Woods: Should he ditch Buddhism for Christianity? FOX’s Brit Hume thinks so. (Updated with video.) ~ Shambhala Sunspace
- Huffington Post
- Hardcore Zen ~ Brad Warner