Pence: ‘To Have ABC Maintain a Broadcast Forum That Compare Christianity to Mental Illness Is Just Wrong’


REPORTER: “You’re a troublemaker. What did you do to Joy Behar on MSNBC? Tell them what’s that.”

PENCE: “Well, I heard about it. I didn’t see it. Let me just say, look, criticism comes with this job. It’s part of the job.”

REPORTER: “Just tell them the gist of what you said.”

PENCE: “Well, I — I actually heard that ABC has a program that compared my Christianity to mental illness. And I’d like to laugh about it, but I really can’t. Mike, I’m a believer. Tens of millions of Americans today will have ash on their foreheads to mark the beginning of Lent. Overwhelming majority of Americans cherish their faith. And we’ve all different types of faith in this country. But I have to tell you, to have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong. And it’s an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith. And my Christianity is the most important thing in my life. I try and start every day by opening the big book. My wife and I try to have a prayer together before I leave every morning. I can honestly tell you my faith sustains me in all that I do. And it’s just a regular part of our lives. But I’m not unusual. I think I’m a very typical American. Whatever your faith tradition, people understand that. But I just think 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, I call them out on it. Not because of what was said about me, but it’s just simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance. We’re better than that. Our country is better than that. And you’re better than that. I just — I’d like to be light about it, I really can’t. Not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith and I just can’t be silent.”

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