So, I was randomly watching videos on YouTube and I came across this one
Steve Harvey’s on Larry King Live and it looks like Joy Behar’s the host. On the program, Harvey explains that women shouldn’t go out with atheists because we have no morality – because we don’t believe in god, or heaven and hell, that means we have no moral compass. Later on in the interview, he goes on to call atheists idiots because we don’t believe that a god created everything.
This reminded me of a SNL skit – Kenan Thompson impersonates a goofy Harvey who is guest-hosting Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and cannot read the more difficult clues. At the time, I found the skit mean and low. After watching this and other videos of Steve Harvey, I think the SNL writers were exceedingly generous.
It’s interesting that Harvey believes it’s only the faithful that have ethics and morality: funny, because lots of shit that went down in history was a result of religion: terrorism, war, genocide – religion has played a part in some of history’s most atrocious acts of violence.
For example, the Bible was used to justify slavery, misogyny, witch burning, gay bashing and racial segregation. Religious chauvinism plays a huge part in the Middle East conflict – specifically between Israel and its neighbors. And terrorists have used their Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths to justify blowing up and murdering innocents. I wonder what Harvey thinks about these guys.
I would like to let Mr. Harvey know that even though I’m an atheist, I also have morals and ethics. And I don’t need to be bribed into being good by the prospect of heaven; I also don’t need to be scared into being a decent person by the threat of eternal damnation. I treat people well because I want to be treated well – it’s really simple…ridiculously well. I don’t need to believe in fairies, or witches, or gods, or angels to convince me that not being a dick is the way to go.
I won’t go as far as to say that Harvey’s a bigot – he’s not. His motivation isn’t hatred of atheists. He comes from a place of profound ignorance and stupidity. He’s recast himself as some kind of expert on relationships, and his faux-intelligence is shaky at best. Case in point: watch a hilariously stupid Harvey on The View go on about how “real” men cannot live without women. The ladies immediately corrected him by saying “straight” men cannot live without women. Harvey makes a point of saying real men again – finally, that dim bulb flickers a bit when he understands that he’s put his foot in it, and makes a half-assed save. Again, is Steve Harvey homophobic? Probably not, he’s just dumb.