Mental illness is no laughing matterMarch 1, 2018
The View’s Joy Behar relentlessly mocks people of faith. But recently she targeted Vice President Mike Pence and described him as mentally ill because he prays and God answers. She said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you,” during the Feb. 13 episode. “That’s different,” she continued, “that’s called mental illness.”
Mike Pence has responded on Fox, in an interview with AXIOS’ Mike Allen, and on CSPAN. Among his comments, the Vice President said, “The overwhelming majority of Americans cherish their faith. And we have 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.”
He went on: “I just think it demonstrates how out of touch some people 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 just 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.”
Christians need to learn to laugh at ourselves for any number of things, including the way the culture responds to sincere faith. However, mental illness is no laughing matter. You can listen to our interviews on the topic of mental illness here.
But there’s another issue here that concerns me. A few years ago David Drucker of the Washington Examiner asked me to forecast what Christians in the culture would be dealing with “today.” I recall observing to him that the day was coming when we would see all people of sincerely held faith, including Christians who adhere to the historic teachings of the faith, categorized as extremists. Religious fundamentalists who are seen as a danger to society’s progress. Publicly labeling Christians as mentally ill is a long stride in that direction.
At least one neuroscientist in America is openly decrying religion as mental illness. A professor at Stanford and self-described atheist, Robert Sapolsky teaches that religion is a form of shared schizophrenia, and participation in religious services is an expression of obsessive-compulsive disorder. As a neuroendocrinologist, he issues a formal diagnosis that all religious people are mentally ill.
Apply that particular viewpoint to the conversations we’re having in the culture today about a national registry of the mentally ill and the legislation now under consideration for the curtailment of rights to those deemed mentally ill. Changes your perspective, doesn’t it?
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