Comedian Joy Behar, arguably the most vocally liberal co-host on “The View,” suggested this week it’s “mental illness” to believe Jesus “talks to you.” Now one of her former co-anchors is responding.
Actress and author Candace Cameron Bure told Faithwire she felt Behar’s comment was “tone-deaf” but “not a surprising one from someone who isn’t a believer.”
However, even though she disagrees with Behar, the “Fuller House” star encouraged people to watch the entire discussion, which was about Vice President Mike Pence’s faith:
“We understood where she stood with [Pence]. It was important for me to watch that entire clip and not just pull the one thing out that Joy said. … There are many people who think the way that Joy does when they aren’t believers.
It was a tone deaf comment, also an ignorant one, but you can’t blame her. … For someone who has no concept of the Holy Spirit, I think that that is a logical response to them.”
For nonbelievers, Bure noted, many Christian experiences seem “foreign.”
Bure, who co-hosted “The View” for two seasons before stepping aside in December 2016, said she would have pointed out the difference between actually hearing Jesus talking and being aware of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
“I think I would have clarified there’s a difference,” she said. “There’s a difference when someone claims, ‘Oh, Jesus talked to me,’ or, ‘I’m listening to the Holy Spirit.’”
The former panelist also pointed out that the conversation stemmed from a comment made by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother.” She warned her fellow contestants about Pence’s “extreme” faith.
“I am Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” Newman explained. “And I’m like, ‘Jesus didn’t say that.’”
Bure said Newman is a “reality TV queen” who “knows how to make headlines.”
“Thank goodness I’m not at that table anymore,” Bure expressed, referring to the all-female talk show. “I honestly love everyone who’s at that table. … It’s heated. It’s a hard job. I’m glad I’m not doing [it].”