Behar asked Lee about the circumstances of his departure from the Winston-Salem church, but Lee said he could only speak for himself.
"But I do know something that's true about the church," he said. "White Christianity is having trouble dealing with what's going on in our nation today. We're having trouble talking about these issues of race and reconciliation and reparation and redemption. We have trouble finding the vocabulary to talk about these issues.
"But I want it to be said of me that there was a Lee in history who stood up for something that was right, instead of a Gen. Lee who stood up for something that was wrong."
He also mentioned comments by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, during an interview for CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday. Bannon told interviewer Charlie Rose that the Catholic Church only defends the DACA program -- which offers protection to young illegal immigrants and which the Trump administration is dismantling -- because, "They need illegal aliens to fill the churches."
Bannon identifies as a Catholic.
Lee said he wants churches to do better, and to take a stand against racism.
"We have to treat people with respect and dignity, and if we can't do that, we're not being church at all," he said.
"We have to shift the narrative, and say there is a different way of doing church that is not what we once thought it was," he said. "Let's get some church leaders in the news who are doing Christianity right."
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