In response to the editorial A good-faith attempt to help" (Jan. 8), I think the author missed the contention of the "wacko left." The outrage over Brit Hume's statement was not just because he recommended Christianity to Tiger Woods, but that he claimed that Christianity was somehow superior to Buddhism and better at "forgiveness and redemption," which is preposterous.
As a nationally televised news anchor, Hume should not use his position to tell other people their religion isn't as good as his own. Such comments are proselytizing, ignorant and insulting. Try to take a moment here and imagine if Hume had, instead, said that Tiger should leave Christianity for Islam because it was a better faith. There would be just as much outrage from the very people defending Hume now.
But that's the point I'm trying to make: Religion is a personal issue that people should decide on their own, and then keep it to themselves because it elicits such strong opinions and emotions. You don't have a problem with Hume's comments because they jibe with your own. And that's another problem I find with the religious population in the United States.
There are a lot of Christians who feel persecuted for talking about their beliefs in public. The editorial displayed some of those feelings when the author asked, "How can there exist such virulent anti-Christian venom in a majority Christian nation?" There isn't "anti-Christian venom"; there is anti-proselytizing venom.
The rest of the country that doesn't believe in Christianity doesn't like being inundated with your beliefs all the time. And we are. It seems innocuous to you because, again, it jibes with your beliefs. But to everyone else, it's an issue we deal with every day, mostly quietly.
For example, Fox News has, on several occasions, had commentators and analysts who have denigrated other faiths without any outcry from people of the respective faiths. Take for example Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a guest on Fox News, who asks, "Where are the Baptist suicide bombers? Where are the Methodist marketplace massacre types? It's clear that the problem is Islam." Glenn Beck makes fun of the Hindu holy river in India, the Ganges, by claiming it "sounds like a disease." Another commenter suggests that every young Islamic male should be strip-searched.
These comments don't raise an eyebrow for you because you agree, and they don't elicit a response from critics because they are outnumbered. But they are malicious statements that promote stereotypes, ignorance and even hatred. And don't get me started on the types of uneducated, malicious "venom" evoked in people about atheism.
My advice to Hume, and request from everyone else, is to keep your religious preferences private, because the problem with "(sharing) the secret to salvation" is that no one knows for certain what the "secret" is. So don't act like you do.