If he had suggested a miracle diet for Tiger Woods, no one would have thought anything of it.
Instead, Fox News commentator Brit Hume apparently committed a cardinal sin when he recently suggested that the troubled golfer look into the saving graces of Jesus Christ.
"Tiger, turn to the Christian faith, and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world," Hume said.
Seems like a sincere, innocuous attempt to throw a lifeline to someone in distress.
Nope. According to the wacko left, Hume's endorsement of Christianity had no business being aired in public.
For his good-faith effort, Hume has been viciously attacked by liberals. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann compared Hume to a Muslim "jihadist" -- notwithstanding the fact that jihadists try to convert folks at the end of a knife or a bomb fuse.
To get expert commentary on Hume's awful transgression, he called on sex columnist Dan Savage.
"Whenever we have a discussion in our country about jihadism and radical Muslims," Savage said, "you always hear, 'Where are the moderate voices? Where are the moderate Muslims?' ... Where are the moderate liberal progressive Christians when something like this happens? ... American Christianity's been hijacked by the lunatics (including) people like Brit Hume."
So we've established so far that Hume is a lunatic jihadist. Because he's Christian and suggests others consider it.
The snarky insults continued with Washington Post TV writer Tom Shales, who said, "Whom did he sound more like -- Mary Poppins on the joys of a tidy room, or Ron Popeil on the glories of some amazing potato peeler?"
Then, turning end-of-the-world serious, Shales wrote, "If Hume's remark is going to turn out to be a mere starting point, where in the name of all that's holy (really holy, genuinely holy) is the finishing line going to find us? Or leave us?"
Yes, the world is ending because Brit Hume is selling Christianity. How awful!
Atlanta Journal-Constitution blogger Jay Bookman's headline sneered, "The Right Rev. Brit Hume points the way to Tiger's redemption."
Even if that's true, what the heck's wrong with that? If you felt you could share the secret to salvation -- a somewhat weightier matter than the keys to slimming down for swimsuit season -- what's wrong with sharing it?
Hume speaks from very real, very moving experience.
He's never held himself up as a "right reverend" as Bookman sarcastically scoffs. Instead, it was Hume's Christian faith that helped him cope with the death of his son in 1998.
"When my son died," Hume once said, "I came to Christ in a way that was very meaningful to me. If a person is a Christian and tries to face up to the implications of what you say you believe, it's a pretty big thing."
For that, Brit Hume is a lunatic jihadist?
How can there exist such a virulent anti-Christian venom in a majority Christian nation?