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Recently, some of the hosts on the popular television talk show called 'The View,' openly mocked U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's Christian beliefs. One very outspoken conservative and four liberals make up the on-air staff of the controversial show. Joy Behar led the attack on Christianity and Pence by saying that hearing from Jesus is tantamount to having a mental illness. Other anti-Christian statements from 'The View' included a comment from co-host Sunny Hostin stating that she didn't want a leader of her country to be a person who speaks in tongues. By the following day, ABC and 'The View' had received over 30,000 calls protesting the comments that favored fanaticism regarding intolerance, inconsideration, and disdainful disrespect toward Jesus and Christians.
Behar had stated, "I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he (Pence) thinks Jesus tells him to say things, he is extreme. It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you. That's called mental illness if I'm not correct, hearing voices." Behar continued to dig herself deeper by mocking the entire Christian community, common decency, and most of all, Jesus and the Word of God, when she added, "My question is…can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?" Behar was making a referral to the fact that Pence was ridiculed in the past by other media sources because he doesn't dine with women without his wife present or consume alcohol at events.
Sherri Shepard, a guest co-host and stated Christian explained that, "Talking with Jesus is just par for the course, for Christians. You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back. What concerns me is how long…is the conversation with Jesus?"
Vice President Pence, an Evangelical Catholic, not appreciating the comments, slammed ABC in an interview with C-Span, "To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compares Christianity to mental illness is just wrong. It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance."
Media Research Center, which is a leading media watchdog, and their President, Brent Bozell, began an immediate crusade and published a letter to hold Joy Behar and 'The View' accountable for their anti-Christian bigotry. At this time, the TV network hasn't reacted in issuing an apology or a public statement of any kind. According to MRC, thousands of other viewers called in to some of the advertisers of 'The View' such as Oreo, Home Advisor, Gerber, and Clorox. The MRC said the comments by Behar and Hostin, "Took the liberal media's pronounced bias against Christianity to the next level. Other media watchdog groups have called for ABC to cancel the television show.
Sunny Hostin summarized that she went to law school in Indiana, where Pence was the governor from 2013 until 2017. She claimed that he is a "hated figure" there. She added that although she is Catholic and a "faithful person," she is uncomfortable with Pence putting a "religious veneer" on things.
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas and a member of President Trump's evangelical advisory board, said to Fox News: "Let's just go ahead and say what we all know is true. If Joy Behar had attacked a devout Muslim for his faith, ABC would have fired her in a nanosecond. Comments like Behar's are the reason evangelicals overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, as Christians are tired of being bullied for their faith in the public square."
Jeffress added that he had told President Trump last week that he has become the most "faith-friendly" president in history. He added that he believes if Behar and other left-wing figures want to ridicule people of faith, that Trump would not only be re-elected in 2020, but that Pence would be elected president in 2024.
Julie Roys, former host of Moody Radio's 'Up for Debate,' wrote on her Facebook page that 'The View' comments were "despicable and uncalled for, and should prompt a massive backlash. This is disheartening and yet another example of how people who sit in a pew every Sunday are not just misunderstood, but mocked. Behar and everyone associated with 'The View' owes every Christian in this country an apology. And call me crazy, but Jesus talks to me too. I have some reservations about this administration. But Mike Pence's practice of talking and listening to Jesus certainly isn't one of them."