Speaking of which, there is also the matter of who Hume is: a sober, respected newsman's newsman. It was jarring to hear him talk of Jesus Christ in the opposite way from "South Park," in reverent terms, offering hope to Tiger Woods. To the TV tastemakers, it sounded like a bad commercial for a very artificial product.
Tender concern for the soul of Woods has not been the dominant cultural theme. The discovery that this very talented golfing legend was severely cheating on the mother of his young children came first as a shock. But it very quickly turned into a punch line. Within days, Tiger became a conventional piece of gossip-sheet meat, like Paris, Lindsay or Britney, a scandalous figure that we are all supposed to enjoy mocking and disparaging. Maybe he deserved that. But Hume aimed higher -- and very quickly became much more judged than Woods.
Many cultural analysts didn't really want Woods to be judged, and found wanting. His adultery was his business, and his golfing talent was almost a license to misbehave.
At the epicenter of our secular cultural media is a writer named Jenny Block, who argued at Newsweek's website it was not surprising to learn of Woods' multiple affairs because his "entire life is based on winning; on having, doing, and being more ... why on earth would anyone think 'settling down' was even in his vocabulary?"
Block declared without reservation that she had cheated on her husband with another woman, and she was the norm, not the exception. Now they were in one of those fabulously open marriages with no judgmental God and no real vows or commitments. "Monogamy just isn't always realistic. There's nothing wrong with admitting that. It simply doesn't work for some. And just as people choose different religions, eating habits, and places to call home, I believe we should be able to choose different ways to live out our relationships."
This kind of evangelism doesn't cause the cultural elite to explode at the national dinner table. How does any culture build strong families and strong children if that chaotic and abnormal view dominates? If America lived in less of a morally upside-down world, it's Jenny Block who would be sitting in Brit Hume's corner wearing the dunce's cap.
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