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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Steve Harvey's Barometer Must Be Broken...
Longtime comedian turned relationship "guru" Steve Harvey has been touring to promote his new book, titled Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, but he's also been offering his opinion on atheists and their morality in the media during the recent months.
His first comment(video below, link here) came on a March 24th appearance on the Tyra Banks Show, where he stated, "You sittin' up here talkin' to a dude and he tells you he's an atheist, you need to pack it up and go home!" while doling out relationship advice to a receptive crowd. There was some backlash in the atheist community, but Steve Harvey isn't a household name outside of the black community, so it wasn't such a big deal.
However, during his appearance on CNN's Larry King Live(hosted by Joy Behar on this particular evening) he decided to go into greater detail about atheists. Let us all bask in Steve's wisdom:
Charming. I find it interesting that Harvey chooses the word idiot to describe atheists. When you say things like "this spun out of a gastrous(?) ball, and then all of a sudden we were evolved from monkeys, why we still got monkeys?..." and "...if you don't believe in God then where is your moral barometer?" you have very little room to insult the intelligence of others.
And in the very small chance that this actually gets to Mr. Harvey's eyes, stop calling it a moral barometer. The term I think you're looking for is moral compass. A barometer measures atmospheric pressure and is therefore an ill fitting comparison for morals. A compass works as a much better example because it can point you in the right direction.