Tiger Woods: “Come to Buddha.”

February 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm (Buddhism, Current Events, Golf, Sports, Tiger Woods) (, , , , , )

Tiger Woods ended his three month hiatus from the public eye this morning with a press conference to apologize for his private indiscretions. As most of these athlete/politician/businesspeople follow the typical 6-step formula of 1) apologize to family, 2) apologize to friends and associates, 3) apologize to people who have nothing to do with anything (ie. “fans”), 4) apologize to Jesus, 5) blame the media, 6) vow change; Tiger broke little new ground. However, Tiger’s apology is worth noting for a unique spin: he apologized to Buddha instead of Jesus.

Could Tiger Wood’s indiscretion usher in a new era of pluralism for sports star apologies?

Will we see future athletes take the name of Allah/Vishnu/Joseph Smith/Zarathustra in vain as they try and reconcile their libidos with the soccer mom who controls the remote?

To go directly to Tiger’s new-found religiousity, click here, or fast forward @10 mins here:

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.

Unfortunately, the enemies of athletes’ “Come To Pluralism” have already begun rallying around the Cross. Brit Hume, the FoxNEWS anchor renowned for his Fair-and-Balanced coverage of current events, uncharacteristically leapt to the defense of a more traditional brand of idolatry:

Thank goodness Bill Kristol was able to boil down the issues to what really matters.

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