Joy Behar finally apologizes for mocking Christians

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Joy Behar of "The View" is apologizing for comments she made for equating people's claims that Jesus Christ talks to them to mental illness.

Joy Behar has apologized to Christians for a joke she made about Vice President Mike Pence in February after Pence urged her to say she was sorry.

During a discussion of Pence on the daytime talk show last month, Behar said, "it's one thing to talk to Jesus".

"Like I said before, it's one thing to talk to Jesus". "That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct".

The vice president concluded his answer by saying that he hoped Behar "and others on the airwaves will come to appreciate the meaning and, if I could say it, the joy that comes from faith and respect that".

After running the clip of Pence's request, Behar said, "Yeah".

"I said to Joy, of course I forgive you, it's part of my faith experience", he continued. Behar made a joke implying that Pence was mentally ill for saying he communicated with Jesus.

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"It's just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance", Pence responded a day later.

"She apologized to the vice president, he accepted and said he wasn't offended by her comment for his own sake but on behalf of the millions of evangelicals who watch ABC and her show", the source wrote in an email. "He encouraged her to make the same apology publicly on the show that she did privately to him".

The right-wing Media Research Center launched an effort to hold "The View" accountable for promoting "anti-Christian bigotry", according to an open letter to ABC News from the group's president, Brent Bozell.

The View's Meghan McCain, an Evangelical Christian, did apologize to Pence on air.

In contrast, "Pence didn't back down and that sets a good standard", Showalter opined.

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