Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Talk show host apologises to Mike Pence for mocking Christian faith

Talk show host apologises to Mike Pence for mocking Christian faith

Monday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity", Vice President Mike Pence called on ABC's "The View" co-host Joy Behar to apologize for "slander" against Christians. "I'm a great admirer of Mike Pence and his family", she said. She picked up the phone.

"It's one thing to talk to Jesus, it's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Behar said at the time.

While Behar called to apologize to Pence, he decided it wasn't enough.

On the reality show, the former White House aide told her fellow houseguests that Pence is an "extreme" Christian who believes that "Jesus tells him to say things". The conversation had been spurned by a warning from Omarosa Manigault-Newman on Big Brother, who said of the vice president: "I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things".

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But Pence said he encouraged Behar to go further. Back in February he said his faith wasn't "unusual". He emphasized that The View's deriding his Christianity is "an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who like me cherish their faith". They were made during a discussion of Pence on the daytime talk show last month.

"I said to Joy, of course I forgive you, it's part of my faith experience", he continued. Danhof asked. "Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a unsafe mental illness?" "Specifically, do you think, like Mrs. Hostin and Mrs. Behar, that the Christian faith is akin to a unsafe mental illness?"

The question was asked by National Center for Public Policy Research general counsel Justin Danhof, who wanted the Disney boss to address all the Christians and President Donald Trump's supporters who were offended and associated with hateful labels by some of the show's on their TV network, just like what Behar did.

"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance".

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First of all, Joy Behar apologized to Vice President Pence directly.

The apology was reportedly confirmed by Fox News.

"You and I know that criticism comes with public life", Pence added. He added that he was glad she apologized and that he "takes exception" to the comments.

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