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Monday, 3 May 2010

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Tiger Woods renounces Buddhism

After missing the cut at the Quail Hallow Championship in Charlotte, NC on Friday, Tiger Woods has renounced Buddhism and has become a Christian. "I can now see that God has cursed my golf game the same way he curses geographical locations and governments that embrace alternative lifestyles," Woods said in an interview Sunday.

In January, Brit Hume commented on Fox News Sunday that Buddhism doesn't offer the "kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith" and encouraged Woods to convert to Christianity.

"Brit's comments angered me when I first heard about them," Woods admitted. "At my press conference back in February, I said that I hadn't been true to my Buddhist faith and lost my life in the process. After my disappointing showing at the Masters, I continued to reconnect with Buddhism, but after doing even worse at Quail Hollow, I realized I needed to take Brit's advice. Now I can see that a philosophy like Buddhism -- which condemns murder, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, and making a dishonest living -- just wasn't enough to keep me on the straight and narrow."

Hume's Fox News colleague, Glenn Beck, responded immediately. Beck said that Woods' conversion to Christianity is not enough and criticized both Woods and Hume in a written statement on FoxNews.com.

"Brit Hume's comments were vague," wrote Beck. "He should have specified that Tiger Woods needed to become a conservative Christian." Beck explained, "Tiger Woods has started going to a church that preaches social justice. I understand that Buddhism teaches social justice as well. Like I've said before, 'social justice' is just a code name for communism. Tiger Woods may have renounced Buddhism, but he has yet to renounce the communist teachings of Buddhism. If he truly loves God and his country, he will join a conservative church and distance himself from his faith in both Buddhism and communism."

Woods was unavailable for comment.

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