A year or so ago I subscribed to the OneNewsNow newsletter, an organ of christian conservatives that is reliably parroting and ridiculous. One value it adds is a constant monitoring of wins and losses in the culture wars, especially in the theaters of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Of course, what they count as a “win” or a “loss” is bizarro world opposite to the ledger I keep. But there is a certain glee to be derived from your opponent’s outrage when, say, gay couples win the right to adopt children.

The real downside is that my email wound up on the mailing list of the American Family Association, run by that raving misogynist and homophobe, Tim Wildmon. Yet even he can afford some unintended comedy. Take, for instance, tonight’s message praising the efforts of FOXNews mainstay Brit Hume to convert Tiger Woods from Buddhism to Christianity.

Brit Hume Takes a Stand for Christ, Watch Video

January 8, 2010

You may have heard about the commentary that longtime television journalist Brit Hume gave concerning the plight of Tiger Woods. It was one of the best presentations of the gospel of Jesus Christ that I have seen in the public arena.

Please take a moment to watch the video of Brit’s interview with Bill O’Reilly about the commentary. You need to watch it. Hume works for the Fox News Channel.

I encourage you to send Brit a note of support. We have provided an e-mail address to do so.

Sincerely,

Tim

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

“One of the best presentations of the gospel of Jesus Christ” — wow. If I were a Christian, I would be insulted. No wait, I’m an atheist, and I’m still insulted. Having actually read the Gospel a few times and talked with many good Christian friends about charity, compassion and selflessness, I can say at least my intelligence feels insulted by the ignorant religious chauvinism Hume showed toward another doctrine of faith. My Buddhist friends would certainly take umbrage.

I guess what I find comical here is that Tim forwarded this display of arrogant ignorance (or ignorant arrogance) onto his followers as an article of reaffirmation, as a model for fellow Christians to emulate in their mission. Well, he must know his audience. Sayyy, there must be a scriptural verse appropos here. Oh, yes:

Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.

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