Disney owned ABC has a mess on their hands. They have for some time, but it’s become more pronounced in recent days. The mess is the mindless gabfest they air daily called “The View.” Since Barbara Walters brought the program to television through the weight of her own professional reputation, it has been largely nothing more than an intellectual embarrassment. Who could forget Whoopi Goldberg thinking that “women’s suffrage” had something to do with women suffering?
But amidst the pronounced cerebral deficiency regularly on display, there has always been a disconcerting but noticeable strain of anti-Christian bigotry. From Rosie O’Donnell’s proclamation that, “Radical Christianity is just as dangerous as radical Islam,” to the program mocking the notion of Satan as a real being, The View has rarely (if ever) given a legitimate hearing to real Christian thought.
But early this week, the ladies stepped a bit too far, revealed a bit too much – and even they seemed to notice. In taking their standard swipe at Vice President Mike Pence for being a man of faith that they disagree with, hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, and Sunny Hostin all decided to up the ante and suggest that faithful Christians have a mental illness. Hostin got it started:
“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 dangerous situation. 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.”
“Like I said before, it's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you,” [Behar] warned.
Hostin agreed as the audience clapped. “Exactly. That's different!” she gushed.
“That's called mental illness, if I'm not correct. Hearing voices,” Behar quipped.
Guest host Sherri Shepherd added to the mockery, saying, “What concerns me is how long is the conversation with Jesus...anything that’s too much is concerning.”
Behar wasn’t done with the jokes. “Can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?” she grinned.
So to recap:
- Referring to Christians who vote based on their Christian values is “dangerous.”
- Christians who believe in speaking in tongues are not qualified for high office.
- Believing that Jesus “speaks” to you is a mental illness.
- Spending a lengthy amount of time in prayer is “concerning.”
Personally, I couldn’t care less if The View ladies mock my faith. I’ve come to expect it. But I also am not going to feel badly for them when they face criticism for religious intolerance, particularly given the fact that as card-carrying leftists, these ladies have helped set the “tolerance rules” pop culture pretends to be governed by these days.
And here’s the reality that many in mainstream media apparently have not yet realized: Trump’s administration is different. They aren’t passive towards what they perceive as bias or mistreatment in the media like previous Republican administrations. Trump attacks them personally. And Pence has decided to return fire himself:
“To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said Wednesday on C-SPAN. “It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.” …
“It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that,” he said.
In other words, ABC and Disney have a problem. They have financed and sustained a program that has participated for years in fueling a politically correct victim culture, all while violating the very standards of tolerance and open-mindedness they preach.
And now they are being exposed as intolerant bigots (using their own definition of the term) with the megaphone of the White House itself. Oops.