March 13, 2018
When you mess up, you make things right. And when you mess up publicly, you make public amends.
Last month, on ABC's "The View," host Joy Behar disparaged Christians nationwide by comparing Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith -- a faith shared by millions of Americans -- to "mental illness."
Our friends at Media Research Center (MRC), who keep up with media bias, rightly thought that this was a bridge too far. MRC launched a call campaign to pressure The View's advertisers to hold Behar and the network accountable for these irresponsible words. Thousands of you joined that campaign, and also signed FRC's petition to Disney-ABC to do the right thing and make amends.
Behar had reportedly reached out directly to Vice President Pence and apologized, and that was confirmed last night when Pence appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity. "I give Joy Behar a lot of credit," said the vice president. "She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere, and she apologized and one of the things my faith teaches me is grace; forgive as you've been forgiven."
Although Behar had apologized to Pence, she remained silent on the issue to the millions of other Christians she had disparaged. The vice president, recognizing Behar's need to reconcile with so many Americans, said, "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."
This morning, Joy Behar listened to the vice president, many of you, and thousands of other Americans. She offered a non-qualified apology at the top of her show: "So I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith. I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said."
Now American Christians have the opportunity to follow Vice President Pence's lead in forgiving Behar for her comments. She did the right thing in an atmosphere where it would have been so easy to double down. And furthermore, it's my prayer that Joy Behar -- and other media personalities like her who seem to have little interaction with believers -- will get to know some genuine followers of Christ, and see that a relationship with Christ is no illusion.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.