Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has always been proud to put his faith on display. A born-again evangelical Christian, Pence previously explained that he gave his life to Jesus Christ and "that's changed everything."
It is his strong faith that also shaped the decisions he made as an adult as well as political stance on a number of issues like abortion.
“I sign this law with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families,” Pence said as he signed an abortion bill that makes it illegal for a woman to abort a fetus because it has a disability like Down syndrome.
Recently, former White House political aide Omarosa Manigault revealed more about Pence's "extreme" beliefs on the reality show Big Brother. She told her roommates that Pence "thinks Jesus tells him to say things" and even as a Christian, she finds that "scary."
As soon as this information leaked, the media used it to attack Pence's religious convictions. The View co-host Joy Behar was among them.
On a recent episode of the daytime talk show, Behar made some controversial remarks when discussing Manigault's revelation about Pence.
“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” the comedian said. “That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.”
Behar's mocking comments did not bode well with many Christians, and according to watchdog group Media Research Center, ABC has since received more than 25,000 calls from people who had complaints about Behar's segment.
“Make no mistake, the slurs against the vice president’s faith insult millions of Christians and are unacceptable. If there are no on-air apologies after this deplorable episode, Christians will tune out ABC programming across the board. And we will do our best to encourage it,” MRC President Brent Bozell wrote in an open letter.
He threatened to reach out to advertisers of The View if an on-air apology isn't issued to Christians across the nation.
Now, Pence himself is firing back at Behar for her insensitive statement.