Joy Behar Apologizes for Mocking the Christian Faith

Joy Behar of "The View" apologized Tuesday for suggesting mental illness was behind claims by people that Jesus Christ talks to them, in remarks made on her show last month about Vice President Mike Pence.

Behar said: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus".

Behar made the remarks in February after former White House aide Omarosa Marigault Newman disparaged Pence during a reality show appearance, mocking him for thinking Jesus spoke to him.

Behar said hearing voices is a "mental illness" before Sherri Shepard offered a limited defense of Pence. "But I did encourage her and I'm still encouraging her, to use the forum of that program or some other public forum, to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended".

"Of course I forgive you", Pence said he told Behar. "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Joy Behar ridiculed.

Pence told Hannity Monday that he had accepted Behar's personal apology, but wanted her to take it a step further and go public for the sake of the "tens of millions Americans" who also took offense.

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Her co-host Sunny Hostin said she does not appreciate Pence speaking in tongues, even though she is a person of faith, according to Charisma News. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith. She made a call to him and apologised, which I thought was absolutely appropriate. And I'm like, Jesus ain't say that ...

Pence in response said that "to have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong".

The Daily Mail source reports that after the televised squabble, McCain "kept screaming, 'I can't believe she said she's offended by all Republicans".

After ABC and Behar received over 30,000 complaints earlier this month, it was announced that Behar had called Pence and privately apologized.

MRC President Brent Bozell issued a statement declaring that Behar's private apology was "not almost enough" and promised to continue his campaign against "anti-Christian bigotry" at the network. Thousands of Americans and the Media Research Center took offense to her comment and began a crusade, contacting the advertisers that sponsor The View to no avail.

In contrast, "Pence didn't back down and that sets a good standard", Showalter opined.

  • Adam Floyd