Why Joy Behar's forced apology to 'millions' of Christians should worry you

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"It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", she said, adding that hearing messages from God is a form of "mental illness".

The controversy stemmed from a comment Behar made on "The View" last month during a discussion of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, who criticized Pence as "scary" and "extreme".

"And I give Joy Behar a lot of credit", Pence continued. "She picked up the phone, she called me, she was very honest, and she apologized". The outspoken liberal said that when Jesus talks to you, it's called mental illness. "I'd like to be light about it, but I really can't - not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith, I just, I can't be silent".

The phone call between Behar and Vice President Pence had been kept private until a shareholder asked Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, if he agreed with Behar's assessment of Christians. "I don't mean to offend people", she said, "but apparently I keep doing it".

Behar said Tuesday she'd been raised to respect all faiths and that she fell short of that last month.

"My question is, can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?" she said. Iger then revealed that Behar had apologized to Vice President Pence directly which Iger thought was appropriate.

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On Tuesday morning, Graham echoed that call, saying on Facebook that it was "disappointing that there's still been no action taken by the network and there hasn't been a public apology". Her public apology on Tuesday came after she personally called the Vice President to apologize and he urged her to apologize publicly as well.

"To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong", Pence said. "Until they do, we will not let up our campaign to let the world - including their advertisers - know of their anti-Christian bigotry", he added.

"The bigoted statements made about the Vice President's Christian faith offended hundreds of millions of Christians across the country, the largest faith group in the United States", Bozell told Fox News.

However, a White House source told The Washington Post in an email that Behar "in no way suggested her comment was a 'miscommunication'".

"We would be begging for the days of Trump back if Pence became president".

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