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NewsReal Sunday: Behar Tells Churches to Shut Up and Play Bingo

November 15, 2009


Every so often Joy Behar likes to attack churches.  The Catholic Church (which she grew up in) is especially a favorite target of hers. While interviewing comedian (and atheist) Penn Jillette and Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff, Behar tried to make the case that Christians shouldn’t be allowed a voice in the public square – a sentiment becoming more common among leftist cable news hosts.

Joy Behar: “Representatives of the Catholic Church were seen meeting with Nancy Pelosi which led to the Stupak amendment…banning federal money for abortion.  Whatever happened to separation of church and state?…Why don’t the Bishops worry about other things like carrying for the poor, Bingo games – why are they involved with this?”

This may surprise you, but Joy’s facts are a little off.  Nancy Pelosi had nothing to do with adding the Stupak Amendment to the House version of the health care bill – and she certainly didn’t vote for it.  Moreover, Behar completely ignores the fact that the Catholic Church does care for the poor far more than many other organizations.

Kudos to both Jillette and Sekoff in defending the Church’s right to have a voice in the public square.  Both men disagree with Behar’s harsh view. Behar, not surprisingly, completely misunderstands separation of church and state.  She is clueless that it is to protect the religious freedom of people from one denomination heading up the government, and is meant to protect churches from the government telling it how to live out their faith. Behar, on the other hand, wants to remove separation of church and state by having the government tell Christians that they should shut up and play bingo.

Behar and Sekoff go on to question why Catholics would be involved with abortion and ignore helping the least of these.  To Sekoff helping the least of these means supporting a socialized health care bill (of course he ignores the fact that the Catholic Church actually does support government health care as long as it doesn’t pay for abortions). Both infer Catholics are hypocrites by not supporting a health care bill that allows abortion. Sekoff even paraphrases Jesus in the gospel of  Matthew to make his point. Here is the actual verse he is referring to:

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40

What Behar and Sekoff don’t get is that most Catholics and evangelical Christians consider babies in the womb the least of the least of these. They are the voiceless.  They are the helpless. They are the innocent who need a helping hand and a voice more than any other. Yes we help the poor, we visit the sick and imprisoned, and we feed the hungry. But we also help give a voice to babies of unplanned pregnancies.  That is a high calling. It’s not about politics.  It’s not about power. It’s about life and justice.

To support life isn’t contrary to helping the least of these – it is the very definition of helping the least of these. We should not be silenced or threatened for standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

  1. Jonathan permalink
    November 15, 2009 6:59 am

    Behar-har-har-harharharhar. I get such a kick out of this woman. It’s too bad her show will probably end up being cancelled for low ratings, because she is a riot.

    I have a better idea. Let’s keep the biased propagandists out of the public square. They just confuse the potential for rational debate. We need facts, not leftist misinformation.

  2. John Davidson permalink
    November 15, 2009 7:18 am

    The irony of Behar, is right after the show, she heads straight to the confessional booth…or should.

  3. Rhodi permalink
    November 15, 2009 8:25 am

    Thank you Paul. Finally somewhat actually gets it. And I find it so utterly ridiculous that anti-Christians believe the Church is supposed to “only” care for the poor. The Church can support the poor AND babies in the womb AND the widows AND the orphans AND the helpless–and they DO! It’s not either-or. It’s ALL! “Charity”, which comes from the Greek, “charis”, meaning “grace”–comes from the New Testament Christianity. Christians were rescuing unwanted Roman babies dumped off bridges with their fishing nets 2,000 years ago and they’ll continue rescuing unwanted babies from death in the present day.

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      November 15, 2009 10:35 am

      Thank you Rhodi – and amen!

  4. politicalmoxie permalink
    November 15, 2009 12:41 pm

    JUST ASKING…Is it just me or does anyone else ask themselves if these pseudo-intellectual commenters know how entertaing News Real makes them with these articles?
    My liberal friends tell me this is why THEY watch FOX.

  5. November 15, 2009 3:35 pm

    She is just another loser from the “View”. What a pathetic show! What present and alumni they have. Rosie O’Donnell and Whoppie “Rape Rape” Goldburg. WOW a lot of class here.

  6. John Davidson permalink
    November 15, 2009 5:46 pm

    Catholics, okay; Muslims, not. Notice that.

  7. mcnorman permalink
    November 15, 2009 5:56 pm

    Is she really interesting to anyone?

    • November 16, 2009 7:26 am

      the network must be hard up to give her her own show. She is the one who should shut up and just play bingo. I don’t watch her…just what I read about her and the show but know I’m not missing much.

  8. November 16, 2009 4:44 am

    Since it is apparent that shows like this are watched only by leftist prejudiced morons, why do we bother discussing their content on blogs like this? We don’t care what they say. They have no resonance with us.

  9. shane comeback permalink
    November 16, 2009 4:45 am

    Loud silly twit.

  10. November 16, 2009 5:32 am

    The tragedy here is that Joy, as well as ALL who wish to silence speech in the public square, evidently does not realize that if they stop the Catholic church’s free speech, then her free speech rights are next on the chopping block.

  11. Janet permalink
    November 16, 2009 6:26 am

    Again I say lobbyists by the thousands are welcomed into the halls of congress to try to influence the lawmakers, but a few Bishops cannot be tolerated.

  12. mark Hearon permalink
    November 16, 2009 8:08 am

    It never fails to amaze me the hypocracy of the left in being against the death penalty but in favor of abortion

    • Jonathan permalink
      November 16, 2009 8:43 am

      True. But the hypocrisy is only temporary, rest assured. Once Marxists achieve total power, they become very much pro-death penalty. In fact, they become quite imaginative in many varied forms and applications of death. Soon we shall see, if we are not careful.

  13. Leo Watkins permalink
    November 17, 2009 4:40 am

    Sounds like joy who need to play bingo games. She sounds annoying, uneducated, and inconsiderate. The very characteristic why our country is in deep crisis.


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