Christianity continues to be the only religion it is cool to mock on national television. The ladies of ABC “The View” are seemingly at it once again both diving into politics and deciding for themselves who is and isn’t a normal Christian.
They took a shot a Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian faith this week, mocking the former governor of Indiana for talking to Jesus and even calling it a “mental illness.”
It all started when they played a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother,” in which former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman discussed the vice president.
“As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” she said in the clip. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”
Without a pause, the talk-show panelists speculated what Omarosa’s motive was, before Sunny Hostin chimed in, “I think what’s interesting is that she said Jesus tells Mike Pence things to say.”
Hostin declared that Pence is a “hated figure” in Indiana, claiming she knows firsthand because she attended law school in the state.
“He’s not very popular at all,” she said. “I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we’re in a dangerous situation.”
Hostin did not cite any polls and failed to mention that the term “values voters” was coined by the media three decades ago.. A 2017 poll by Ball State University found Pence’s approval at 50 percent, while 37 percent disapproved.
Hostin went on to chastise and demean other forms of worship saying she was a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.”
Joy Behar then said: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you.”
Behar said hearing voices is a “mental illness” before Sherri Shepard offered a limited defense of Pence.
“As a Christian, that’s just par for the course,” Shepard said “You talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back. What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus?”
Behar, an ABC News star, uncomfortably joked, “Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”
Shepard then said that the key is “moderation” and anything that is “too much” is concerning.
“Do we want our politics served to us with a religious veneer over them?” Hostin asked. “This administration is not a values-driven administration.”