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Joy Behar of 'The View' Criticized for Comparing Mike Pence's Faith to Mental Illness

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  • 2018 Feb 15

Joy Behar of The View is under fire for criticizing Vice President Mike Pence and comparing his Christian faith to a mental illness.

Behar and her co-hosts were discussing former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault’s comments that Pence says he talks to Jesus and believes Jesus speaks to him.

Although most Christians speak in similar language, especially when referring to the Bible, Behar and her co-hosts seemed to take Pence’s comments out of context.

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness,” stated Behar.

The blowpoint against Behar’s comment was swift.

Fox News conservative commentator Todd Starnes wrote an editorial decrying The View’s “religious intolerance.”

It’s “understandable that a Christophobe like Behar be dumbfounded by such a concept,” wrote Starnes.

He continued: “Well, if hearing the voice God means that a Christian is mentally insane – then add my name to that list. Because - just like Vice President Pence -- I too -- have heard the voice of God.”

Pence himself responded to Behar’s criticism, stating, “It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that.”


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Publication date: February 15, 2018