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Apr 11, 2018

The comments from Joy Behar about Vice-President Mike Pence and his religious beliefs are a clear example of the religious bigotry the drafters of the U.S. Constitution rejected when they wrote Article VI. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


I probably don’t fit in the demographic of those watching “The View.” But, it is sometimes hard to miss the controversy surrounding that show.

Joy Behar, one of the hosts of “The View,” weighed in on the faith of Vice-President Mike Pence. Behar’s comments came after claims by Omarosa, the reality TV star turned White House advisor turned reality TV star again, expressed fear that, not only does Pence pray to Jesus, he claims that Jesus talks back.

On that, Behar said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” adding that for Christian’s like Pence to hear voices in your head may be a sign of “mental illness.” She then joked, “Can [Pence] talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”

Behar’s comments are not merely silly; her comments are evidence of a hateful, religious bigotry that has no place in our society. Essentially, Behar has labeled Vice-President Pence as unfit for office not only because he may have a mental illness, but because his mental illness stems from his religious beliefs.

This is the exact type of religious bigotry that the drafters of the U.S. Constitution rejected when they rejected any religious tests for office in Article VI. No one should be disqualified for office on the basis of their religious beliefs.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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