Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'Vice President Pence is right:' Joy Behar publicly apologizes for mocking Christianity

'Vice President Pence is right:' Joy Behar publicly apologizes for mocking Christianity

"The View" co-host Joy Behar has come under fire for criticising the faith of United States Vice President Mike Pence and for saying that hearing from God is a form of "mental illness".

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. "She called me. She was very honest, and she apologised and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven", Pence told Hannity. "That's called mental illness", Behar said.

Behar did just that on today's The View, after a brief introduction by show moderator Whoopi Goldberg. "I sincerely apologize for what I said", she said on Tuesday's episode of "The View".

"It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said about Pence in February.

Joy Behar apologized for saying Mike Pence talking to Jesus sounded like "mental illness".

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During an episode of Big Brother, Omarosa called Pence "extreme" and added that he "thinks Jesus tells him to say things".

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, "I'm Catholic; I'm a faithful person, but I don't know that I want my vice president speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him".

Behar and her colleague may not like how VP Pence practices his faith, but they are out of line for mocking him and those whose religious experience he shares. "We're better than that", Pence later said in response.

"When you talk to God, it's prayer".

"It's an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who like me cherish their faith", he said.

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He cited Behar's comments as an example, as well as those of ESPN reporter Jemele Hill, who called President Trump a white supremacist on Twitter last fall.

Behar had previously apologized to Pence personally in a phone call, but broadened her sorry scope to include all Christians after Pence encouraged her to do so in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Iger told Danhof that Behar had already apologized to Pence, which he believed was "absolutely appropriate".

"He's not very popular at all", she said. "He understood that Joy wasn't attacking anybody and that there was some miscommunication".

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