ABC’s “The View” is one of network television’s most infamous havens of ignorance and liberal stupidity, but what Joy Behar said about Vice President Mike Pence last month was a bridge too far for many Americans who have overlooked the show’s previous absurdities. When Behar attacked Pence for his Christian faith, many viewers felt the so-called comedian crossed the line separating the usual liberal nonsense and outright hate speech. And in overwhelming numbers, they let the network hear about it.
The controversy stems from the February 13th episode of the show. The panel was discussing Omarosa’s stint on Celebrity Big Brother and a clip that showed the former White House staffer telling her housemates that no one who knew Pence personally would want to see Trump impeached. She said that Pence “talks to God” and was simply too religious to be president.
Behar and co-host Sunny Hostin used the clip as a jumping-off point to mock Pence and Christian charismatics. Hostin said, “Look, I’m Catholic, I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president talking in tongues.”
Behar agreed. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus,” she said. “It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct – hearing voices.”
In an open letter to ABC News President James Goldston, Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell called on the network to take action against “anti-Christian bigotry.”
“Make no mistake, the slurs against the Vice President’s faith insult millions of Christians and are unacceptable,” Bozell wrote. “If there are no on-air apologies after this deplorable episode, Christians will tune out ABC programming across the board. And we will do our best to encourage it.
“If there is no apology, we will contact the advertisers of The View, and ask MRC’s millions of grassroots activists to do the same,” he continued. “I am sure the advertisers of The View will be just as appalled as I am about the anti-Christian remarks made on the show. I hope you are able to take the appropriate action before we begin.”
ABC did not respond to the letter with an apology, however, and now more than 30,000 people have contacted the network and its advertisers to complain about the religious intolerance promoted on broadcast television. Even so, Fox News reports that ABC News has yet to issue any statement in reference to the controversy, much less take any positive action on behalf of irate viewers and offended Christians nationwide.