It all started with perennial anti-Trump bigot Joy Behar smearing Vice President Mike Pence and his Christian faith on the liberal kaffeeklatch yak-fest "The View":
"It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another when He talks to you. That's called 'mental illness'."
Wow! Can you say 'bigotry'? Behar also mocked Pence for his public propriety, in that he does not meet with or dine with any woman by herself except for his wife Karen. That is wisdom to the fullest, especially nowadays in the midst of the overwhelming #MeToo controversies exposing media, academic, entertainment, and political leaders. Billy Graham never took his secretary to lunch, either, since it would be both a bad witness and an unwise temptation for him to take any women not his wife out on any meeting or lunch.
It's just wisdom!
Of course, the wisdom of God is foolishness to fallen man.
The blowback against such hateful rhetoric was immediate and long-lasting. Meghan McCain slammed her co-host live and in person.
Toni Lahren, not necessarily the most outspoken of social conservatives, excoriated her:
One of the critics in the above segment believed that it was unwise to go after the The View's henpecking hatemongers. "Why go after her? She gets the ratings?" That kind of thinking reminds me of the Establishment GOP response to media shaming over the last 20 years. President Reagan talked past the media, and George W. Bush would ignore the media. This time, however, instead of ignoring the program, Christians around the country slammed the hosts, the producers, and the advertisers.
Not only that, but outspoken pastors like Robert Jeffress slammed her hateful comments directly and without reserve. She was not being funny, but definitively sharing her disdain for President Trump, his Vice President, and the cultural fabric on which this country is based:
Damage control ensued within a week after Behar's notorious remarks.
Initially, Whoopi Goldberg and company tried to justify those comments as playful banter. Joy Behar claimed that she was a Christian herself (whatever that means, but I find that hard to believe, honestly). Behar then went to great length to justify herself, and even claimed that she was the victim:
Meghan McCain called out the anti-tolerant hypocrisy of her liberal colleagues and liberals in general in the country. It is quite astonishing how much abuse and intolerance which conservatives, Christians, and other tradition-based activists face on many fronts. Of course, in signature fashion, Whoopi shut down McCain, disputing the charge that they are intolerant: another act of intolerance. Such self-righteous justification did not pass muster for the tens of thousands of Christians who called the producers and the advertisers, as well as the corporate heads for ABC/Disney.
The ABC leadership got antsy, as expected, and they compelled Behar to apologize to Vice President Mike Pence. To his further credit, Pence was satisfied with a private apology, but informed her that her remarks were not just offensive to him because of the personal attack, but had offended millions of Christians across the country.
His resolve for her to apologize to the entire Christian community across the country was novel, noble, and righteous. It reminds me of the same calculated outrage from Paul the Apostle after his wrongful imprisonment as a citizen Rome:
"But Paul said unto them, They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison; and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch us out." (Acts 16:37)
I commend Vice President Pence for not letter Behar get away with a private apology. This kind of arrogant conduct has gone on unchallenged for decades. In the era of Trump, in which corporate media have been exposed for their partisan zealotry and bigotry, plus their unveiled disdain for Middle America, it was both wise and good for Pence to press Behar to issue a public apology.
And she did:
I loved hearing the following words come out of her mouth:
"I think Mike Pence is right."
WOW! Would anyone have ever expected this arrogant, narrow-minded, left-wing harpy to admit, to acknowledge that our conservative Christian Vice President was right about anything? She had to this time. I imagine she must have tried to choke on those words.
"I was raised to respect everyone's religious faith."
I won't challenge this remark. Perhaps her parents did indeed teach her to respect the religious beliefs of others. It's discouraging and amazing to what extend Hollywood drowns out this civil piety and replaced it with the echo chamber of self-righteous mockery. Behar's apology signals how weak corporate media have became, that they no longer get away with this elitist smugness.
"And I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said."
WOW! I just love hearing those words. It really is refreshing. These left-wing harpies have said incendiary things about Republicans, conservatives, Christians, Middle America, and hid behind the corporate protections of a fawning media and accomodationist political culture.
Thank God for Trump, and Thank God for Mike Pence. Their political resolve is paying off and blessing millions around the country. Now they have encouraged everyday Americans to challenge the media's statist, bigoted status quo. This latest cultural victory reminds of the stirring promises which all Christians receive because of Jesus and His Finished Work:
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 54:17)