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ABC receives 25,000 complaints after calling Mike Pence's Christian faith 'mental illness'

Fr. Mark Hodges : Feb 22, 2018 :

"Don't let ABC get away with this. We need to stand up against these bullies and bigots and let them know that we will not stand for such disgraceful and prejudiced behavior." -Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center (MRC)

(New York) — [] The View's Joy Behar is on the defensive after ABC News was inundated with thousands of complaints when her show mocked Vice President Mike Pence's Christianity. (Photo Credit: Steve Jalsevac/LifeSite)

Tuesday, February 13, Joy Behar mocked the Vice President's faith on national television, calling it "mental illness" to listen to the Lord. The next day a somber Pence responded that such an attack on Christian prayer "was just wrong."

A fervor ensued. The 75-year-old Behar is now back-peddling on her comment, calling it a "joke."

"I'm going to put the question to you," Whoopi Goldberg forewarned Behar on Thursday's episode of The View. "Do you think Christians are mentally ill?"

"Well, I mean, that would make me mentally ill since I'm a Christian myself," Behar replied. "Of course not. Of course not."

"I don't mean to offend people but apparently I keep doing it," she said.

"It was a joke. Comedians are in danger these days," she added.

Goldberg went on to defend The View's openness to all viewpoints.

"The idea that this show is intolerant of other people's religious beliefs I find a little hard," she said.

Following Goldberg's lead, Behar said: "I'm a Christian—I give money to the Church," she added, "You know, I actually help Christians with my pocketbook. I'm not insulting Christians."

After Behar insulted Pence and his Christian faith ABC News was flooded with 25,363 complaint calls as of Monday morning.

Rev. Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said Behar's comments should both alarm and offend citizens.

"Whether you are a Catholic, whether you are a Protestant, Baptist, Evangelical, Pentecostal --whatever you may be, this should scare the socks off of you," he told Todd Starnes.

The evangelist posted on Facebook a defense of Christianity's unique two-way prayer, quoting Jesus' Own words, "My sheep hear My voice."

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center (MRC) tweeted that Behar's statement was "unacceptable" and "insulting" to all Christians…

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