Joy Behar launched a verbal assault on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett. However, Behar’s “litany of lies” about Coney Barrett’s religious faith was outrageous and inaccurate, so she was forced to apologize on live TV.
Joy Behar took aim at Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett during an episode of The View. In fact, in a very scripted segment in which Behar read off cue cards, she made false derogatory statements about the Justice’s Catholic faith, claiming she must recuse herself from a religious liberty case.
“Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s religious faith is being called into question again,” Behar claimed. “There are calls for her to recuse herself from a case which is about a web designer who wants to post a statement that she won’t design wedding websites for same-sex couples because it’s against her religious beliefs.”
“Now here’s my question,” Behar said. “Does, she is, you know, a religious person. She belongs to the People of Praise group which the — the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled them a hate group, and their founder has questioned the so-called separation of church and state,” she continued, reading from a white cue card in front of her. “They believe that sex should occur only within marriage and, of course, between a man and a woman. They’ve got very specific things that they believe.”
The outrage over Behar’s remarks was immediate. “The leftists on The View are showing off their anti-Catholic bigotry. Again,” posted MRCTV. “Now, they’re demanding Justice Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from a religious liberty case explicitly because she’s Catholic.”
The leftists on The View are showing off their anti-Catholic bigotry. Again.
Now, they're demanding Justice Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from a religious liberty case explicitly because she's Catholic. pic.twitter.com/Obv5hZvP9p
— MRCTV (@mrctv) November 29, 2022
Journalist Nicolas Fondacaro also commented on the debacle. “Pure ignorance. Joy claims ACB holds the rank of ‘handmaid’ within the Catholic Church, citing the Washington Post,” he tweeted. “Joy continued to condemn ACB for being a member of a Catholic group, which is not a party to the case coming before the court.”
The backlash about spreading misinformation forced Joy Behar to issue an on-air apology. “I have to clarify something I said yesterday. I want to correct something,” she said. “I said on air when I stated that People of Praise had been deemed a hate group, I just got them mixed up with another group. It was inaccurate. So I don’t think that’s right that I should – I have to say, you know, sorry about that … Anyway. I conflated them.”
However, BizPac Review described Behar’s apology as “flippant,” and they went on to criticize the entire retraction. “For what it’s worth, Behar did not reveal which group she supposedly ‘conflated’ People of Praise with,” they reported. “During the discussion, Behar made up her own facts out of thin air, claiming the Southern Poverty Law Center had deemed ‘People of Praise’ a hate group.”
“Critics not only had a problem with Behar spreading misinformation but with the anti-Catholic sentiment that they felt was present during the previous day’s discussion,” BizPac Review added. This isn’t the first time The View was forced to issue a retraction along with an apology on-air. Turning Point USA, a conservative group founded by radio host Charlie Kirk, took legal action after The View claimed the organization “embraced” neo-Nazis. The lawsuit forced The View into an on-air apology for making “false derogatory statements” against TPUSA.
It should be noted that the People of Praise are anything but a hate group. People of Praise is a group that describes itself as a multi-denominational “charismatic Christian community” on its website. The group also honors the first Christians “who were led by the Holy Spirit to form a community.”
“Jesus desires unity for all people,” the group said. “We live out this unity the best we can, in spite of the divisions within Christianity. We are Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and other denominational and nondenominational Christians. Despite our differences, we are bound together by our Christian baptism. Despite our differences, we worship together,” they added. “While remaining faithful members of our own churches, we have found a way to live our daily lives together.”