Sacred Bonds Tiger Sought to Preserve Weren't of Marriage
"It wasn't the sacred bonds of marriage that were at issue. It was the sacred bonds of the contracts he signed with Nike, Gatorade and Gillette. This is what he was attempting to save! ... You make a fool of yourself and soil the reputation of our brand? Bye bye, our marriage is annulled."
While Tiger Woods attends a clinic for sex addicts in Mississippi, his former girlfriends have become sought-after TV personalities around the world. Above, Cori Rist makes an appearance on 'Chiambretti night' TV show in Italy.
In communist China, citizens
suspected of having criticized Mao were paraded in public with signs hanging
around their necks listing the crimes they had committed.
In the USSR, enemies of the
revolution had to beg for forgiveness from the people after a rigged trial
before being sent to the gulag.
And in the Middle East, the enemies
of Islam must disclose their crimes in front of the cameras before having their
throats cut like animals.
In the United States, you can
criticize the system with as much virulence as you like and no one bears a grudge.
To the contrary: they salute your freedom of thought. But if you're ever caught red-handed
in the midst of martial infidelity, you'll be obliged to parade yourself before
the cameras, beg for the forgiveness of your wife and sob on Oprah’s shoulder.
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has happened to some politicians, it has happened to some movie stars. And now it's
happened to Tiger Woods.
In any case, it's a bizarre country. They elevate serial killers to the rank
of superstars but treat errant husbands as if they were criminals. As if there were
no worse abomination than betraying the sacred bonds of marriage.
All of this is surely tied to
Protestantism. In effect, among Protestants, there is neither clergy nor the
Vatican. The most important institution is the community. It isn't the Church
that takes care of the poor, it’s the community.
Along the same lines,when
you have erred, you don't confess your sins to a priest behind a closed door.
You ask for forgiveness from your community.
It's the community that will
judge you and decide whether or not you deserve a second chance.
Yesterday on my blog, I was
saying that it was still surreal to see Tiger Woods expiate for his sins in
this fashion. After all, he didn’t kill anyone as far as I know!
“But it wasn’t Tiger Woods
who spoke," a reader, Gilles Ouellette, responded to me. "It was
Tiger Woods Inc. This was a public relations exercise to save his brand …” This
is the best explanation that I've read of the affair. The guy didn't ask his
wife for forgiveness (she wasn't even present at the press conference). He was
asking for forgiveness from his sponsors.
It wasn't the sacred bonds of
marriage that were at issue. It was the sacred bonds of the contracts he signed
with Nike, Gatorade and Gillette. This is what he was attempting to save!
two people marry, they are united "for better or for worse.” But when a company
agrees to associate itself with a personality, it’s only "for better."
You make a fool of yourself
and soil the reputation of our brand? Bye bye, our marriage is annulled.
You take your blows, pick up your bags and leave camp.
The specialists say, “to get
out of a sand trap, don’t hit too hard. You have to go about it with grace and
calm.” That's what Tiger did Friday. He proved he has the credentials to get
out of a trap. Say what you will, but the taskmasters know how to put sinners
on the right path.
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