Pence calls for Joy Behar to apologize to Christians

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On the program, Behar referred to statements that Pence had made about his Christian faith and how Jesus spoke to him. "It's another thing when Jesus talks to you", Joy Behar ridiculed. And I'm like, Jesus ain't say that ... "When you have a Mike Pence who now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we're this a unsafe situation".

"It's an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith", said Pence.

Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about the spat between View co-host Joy Behar and VP Mike Pence during a shareholders meeting.

"I think Vice President Pence is right", began Behar. "I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith, and I fell short of that. Look I'm Catholic. I'm a faithful person, but I don't know that I want my vice president, um - speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him", she said. Meanwhile, Behar, a comedian and commentator, should not be allowed to question the legitimacy of hearing Jesus Christ speak to you?

The offensive comments took place on the February 13 show when co-hosts discussed comments on Pence's beliefs made by an ex-White House staffer.

Iger responded by saying that Behar had already apologized to Pence, which he believed was "absolutely appropriate".

Pence told Hannity Monday that he had accepted Behar's personal apology, but wanted her to take it a step further and go public for the sake of the "tens of millions Americans" who also took offense.

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, which urged Christians to write and call ABC, said Behar's private phone apology is inadequate.

Christian groups have signed on to an MRC campaign calling on viewers to turn off the morning program, and it's also calling on companies to pull their ads from the show.

"I said to Joy, 'Of course, I forgive you".

Conservative and religious organizations had been adamant that an apology was necessary and that Behar devalued religious expression by attacking Vice President Pence.

Among the first to accept her apology: North Carolina-based evangelist Franklin Graham, who had called in a Tuesday Facebook post for her to publicly apologize. "Behar and ABC need to publicly apologize for the bigoted slurs on "The View". "I would like to apologize to him and his family in particular".

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