Let’s face it, folks, throughout history vice presidents have taken their share of ridicule and public knocks. Vice President Gerald Ford for being clumsy, Vice President Dan Quayle for telling a student that the word potato ends with an “e,” or Vice President Joe Biden for his bad timing and not so funny “humor.” All to be expected and pretty harmless stuff in comparison to the recent public mocking of President Mike Pence’s Christian faith and his close relationship with Jesus Christ.
The controversy all started from the mouth of Omarosa Manigault-Newman, in an attempt to rise back into the limelight by joining the cast of the reality TV game show “Celebrity Big Brother.” You may recall she was fired from her job as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison at the White House back in December (good move by the Trump Administration). The premise of the reality game show is to do whatever it takes to not get evicted which includes lying, prevarication, backstabbing, acting out and over sensationalizing one’s importance (sounds like the swamp) with the goal to be the last houseguest standing and win $500K for a designated charity.
Talking with Jesus
Every week there are snippets shown of what is now being called “White House Talk” led by Omarosa, after all, she is the “in-house expert” on this gossip topic—and we can expect much more in the coming weeks or until she gets evicted. On last week’s episode, she said “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” she said, “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things and I am like, Jesus did not say that.”
This is truly theatre; I recognize she is playing a game where shock value works, and she is also entitled to her opinion. Not so with the ladies of ABC’s “The View” who at times act more like vultures, which is exactly what happened earlier this week when they got ahold of the story. Joy Behar touted: “It is one thing to talk to Jesus. It is another thing when Jesus talks to you. That is called mental illness, hearing voices.”
Joy, are you saying to the hundreds of millions of people who walk through this broken world and find comfort in their daily conversations with Jesus, that we are all mentally ill? You could probably benefit from some of the compassion, counseling, and comfort our Savior gives freely. Or are you continuing to follow the way of the vulture and simply eating road kill?
Co-host Sherry Shepard, who is public about her Christian faith chimed in and said:
“As a Christian, that is just par for the course, you talk to Jesus, Jesus talks back. What concerns me is, how long is the conversation with Jesus? I ask Jesus to help me find a parking spot.”
She continued and referenced the Bible, saying “everything in moderation.”
The more profound “concern” here Sherry is that you think there should be a limit on how long people should talk to God. Tell that to a mom in a hospital room with a terminally ill child. Your conceit is amazing, and perhaps you should contract with Omega or Rolex. As a Christian, you know control is in the hands of the Lord. Limiting the to time a person should spend conversing with God.
Finally, co-host Sunny Hostin said,“I think when you have a Mike Pence who now sort of puts this religious veneer on things and calls people ‘values voters,’ I think we are in a dangerous situation.” Yes, there are so many dangerous situations in the world we live in today, however as Americans, we are protected by the first amendment of the constitution to practice and speak freely of our religion without being condemned and ridiculed, this includes all of us and Vice President Pence. Ms. Hostin’s tying it to the issue of “value voters” comes across simply as a political machination.
Denigrating a Faith
The irony here is that the whole conversation and resulting press stories are based on bogus statements. The ever so prolific co-hosts of “The View,” especially those proclaiming to be Christians, have taken a comment in a game show and are using it to promote “their views” on why it makes Vice President Pence into a religious zealot. Ladies, this was a humongous blunder on your part which not only smells but backfired right onto your laps. The only one who got it right was Whoopi Goldberg when she said: “Jesus is talking to me right now and telling me to cut to commercial.”
Joy Berher and her out of control mouth, never ceases to amaze us. While she may have thought she was being funny when she referred to talking with Jesus as a “mental illness,” the fact is she offended millions of Christians including a couple of the woman on the panel and in the studio. If Vice President Pence belonged to any other faith, and Omarosa made the same comments, would they be attacking her as a bigot and defending Vice President Pence? Such a person would also have no association with President Donald Trump; for we all know, in the minds of the “enlightened left,” he is the ultimate demon.