VP Pence Responds To ABC’s ‘The View’ Religious Intolerance

“We’re better than that. Our country’s better than that. I’d like to be light about it, but I really can’t. Not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith, I can’t be silent.”
-Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence hit back Wednesday at comments made on ABC’s “The View” comparing his hearing from Jesus Christ to mental illness.

On Tuesday, the panelists on the talk show discussed former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman’s recent comment on the reality TV show “Celebrity Big Brother” about Pence’s faith. She said, “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

On “The View,” Joy Behar commented, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.”

Pence said during a broadcast with Axios journalist Mike Allen, “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.”

“It’s just wrong,” Pence continued. “And it’s an insult not to me, but to the vast majority of the American people who, like me, cherish their faith. My Christianity is the most important thing in my life.”

Also on “The View,” Behar went on to joke, “My question is, can he talk to Mary Magdalene without his wife in the room?”

Another member of “The View” team, Sunny Hostin, said of Pence’s faith, “I’m Catholic, I’m a faithful person, but I don’t know that I want my vice president speaking in tongues.”

Pence also stated during the Axios interview, “I try to start everyday by opening the Good 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 just 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,” Pence continued. “And 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’s better than that,” Pence concluded. “I’d like to be light about it, but I really can’t. Not for my sake, but for the tens of millions of Americans who cherish their faith, I can’t be silent.”  CBN

V.P Pence And Pew, Present And Future

If you have not listened to VP Pence’s speech at the Israeli Knesset, it is worth the time to listen to.

Vice President Mike Pence gave an epic speech at the Knesset this week. His was the most powerful embrace of Zionism and the Jewish people any foreign leader has ever presented. Pence’s fluency in Jewish history, and his comprehension of the centrality of the both the Bible and the Land of Israel in the vast flow of that history in far-flung-exile communities across time and space was spellbinding. He touched the hearts of his audience, causing knots in the throats of most of the people sitting in the Knesset on Monday afternoon.

Pence’s speech was rendered poignant and the friendship he bore became tinged with urgency with the publication, the very next day, of the latest Pew Center survey on American views of Israel.

Speaking in the name of the American people he represents, Pence said on Monday: “The friendship between our people has never been deeper.”

And when it comes to the Republican voters who elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence a year and two months ago, Pence is certainly correct. But the Pew data showed that on Israel, as on so many other issues, the cleavage between Republicans and Democrats is vast and unbridgeable.

Most of the coverage of the Pew survey focused reasonably on its main finding. The good news is that overall American support for Israel over the Palestinians remains more or less constant, and overwhelming. Forty-six percent of Americans support Israel over the Palestinians while a mere 16% of Americans support the Palestinians against Israel. The numbers haven’t changed much since polling began in 1978.

But then the news becomes more fraught. The disparity between Republican support for Israel and Democratic support for Israel has never been greater. Whereas 79% of Republicans support Israel over the Palestinians, only 27% of Democrats do. Moreover, the further one goes to the Left among Democratic voters, the more anti-Israel the respondents become. Liberal Democrats are now nearly twice as likely to support the Palestinians over Israel as they are to support Israel over the Palestinians. Thirty-five percent of liberal Democrats support the Palestinians against Israel. A mere 19% support Israel more than the Palestinians.

Conservative and moderate Democrats still support Israel far more than they support the Palestinians with 35% of moderate and conservative Democrats supporting Israel over the Palestinians, and 17% supporting the Palestinians more than Israel. But the level of support for Israel among this demographic has dropped precipitously in the last year and a half. In the previous survey, which took place in April 2016, support for Israel was 53%, or 19 points higher.

In other words, the last year and a half has seen a precipitous drop in Democratic support for Israel even as Republican support for Israel has grown ever higher.

Israel opportunity

Israel will never have a better opportunity than it has today to convince an American administration to abandon the anti-Israel narrative at the foundation of the two-state formula. That narrative, which asserts that there is no peace because there is no Palestinian state, places the blame for the absence of peace between the Palestinians and Israel on Israel alone.

Today there is an administration that is open to hearing an alternative narrative that portrays Israel properly as the good guy, and the Palestinians as the hopelessly intransigent foe that they have always been.

JPost  Read Caroline Glick’s analysis of the situation.

VP Pence Delivers Notre Dame Commencement Address On Free Speech

Some graduates staged a walk out.  Some of their fellow students booed them as they walked out.

Vice President Mike Pence blasted the “noxious” tide of left-wing intolerance sweeping college campuses during his Notre Dame commencement speech Sunday, calling it “the suppression of freedom of speech” and “wholly outside the American tradition.”

Pence praised Notre Dame for welcoming deliberation and allowing visiting speakers, no matter how unpopular, to be allowed to speak their minds in the open. He ripped new campus phenomena like “speech codes” and “safe zones.”

“But Notre Dame is an exception, an island in a sea of conformity so far spared from the noxious wave that seems to be rushing over much of academia,” he said. “While this institution has maintained an atmosphere of civility and open debate, far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness, all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech.”  FreeBeacon

Video:  During Notre Dame commencement, VP Mike Pence slams intolerance for free speech on college campuses

50-100 graduates and family members walked out as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremony.

Pence’s remarks began as students walked out, but he did not address the elephant leaving the room — instead addressing religious liberty, President Donald Trump’s Sunday morning speech in Saudi Arabia and encouraging leadership in broad strokes terms. NBCNews

VP-Elect Pence Greeted With Boos And Cheers At Hamilton Play

Update: VP-elect Pence has class.

VP-elect Pence was cheered and booed when he entered the theater of the Hamilton play.

The show was occasionally rudely disrupted by more loud booing at VP-elect Pence.

Then at the close of the performance the lead actor Brandon Dixon message to the vice president-elect was gibberish.

The Hamilton cast began their address, which was delivered by actor Brandon Dixon, by thanking Pence for coming to the show.  Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, even told the audience there was ‘nothing to boo here’ and that the cast was ‘sharing a story of love’.

‘Vice president-elect Pence we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us here,’ Dixon said onstage.  Dixon then told Pence that the cast was a reflection of the Americans who were worried about their future following the presidential election.

‘We sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,’ he said.

‘But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our Americans values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us.’

‘We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations.’

Dixon was quick to defend the cast on Saturday morning, directly replying to Trump’s tweets.

‘Conversation is not harassment sir,’ Dixon wrote. ‘And I appreciate Mike Pence for stopping to listen.’  DailyMail

It is harassment when you don’t give the other person a chance to respond.  It is not a “conversation” when one person is on stage and the other is simply a member of the audience.

Pence has been strongly anti-LGBT during his career as a politician.  So they do not like Pence’s Christian belief in marriage between a man and woman and they react by trying to humiliate him.

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The cast of Hamilton could have used the opportunity to welcome Pence, to thank him for attending and to invite him backstage at the end.

Instead they chose to be totally inappropriate and rude. This was not the proper forum to address a political concern to a public figure.  No class or manners what so ever.

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