In February, "The View's" Joy Behar mocked Vice President Mike Pence—and all Christians—by saying people who think they hear God speak to them have a "mental illness."
Behar, 75, said on-air: "It’s one thing to talk to Jesus, it’s another thing for Jesus to talk to you. That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct, hearing voices."
Later, she softened her statement a little bit. She corrected herself: “Say what you will about Mike Pence and his religiosity and everything else. I don’t think that he’s mentally ill even though he is saying that he’s hearing voices.”
She didn't seem to understand that hearing the voice of God is not the same as "hearing voice." Many Christians hear the voice of God and follow the will of God in their lives; that doesn't make them crazy.
Now, Pence, 58, has said that he's forgiven Behar for her comments. He spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity about the situation. He revealed that Behar called him to apologize after the incident.
“I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me,” Pence said. “She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you’ve been forgiven.”
Pence continued, telling Hannity that he had encouraged Behar to apologize publicly.
“I’m still encouraging her, to use the forum of that program or some other public forum, to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended.”
He added, “You and I know that criticism comes with public life...But, I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander.”
A couple of days after she initially made the comment, Whoopi Goldberg asked Behar to clarify if she thought all Christians were mentally ill.
“Well, I think that would make me mentally ill, I’m a Christian myself,” Behar said. “That would make my mother mentally ill, my father, my aunts, my daughter. Of course not, of course not. I don’t mean to offend people, but apparently, I keep doing it. It was a joke. Comedians are in danger these days.”
She added, “I’m a Christian, I give money to the church, I actually help Christians with my pocketbook. I’m not insulting Christians.”
Do you think Behar's apology was sincere? Let us know in the comments. Pence wasn't the first to talk to Behar on the phone about the situation. Elisabeth Hasselbeck shared that she called Behar after the incident to discuss her comments.