News Flash: Steve Harvey is Still an Idiot

Steve Harvey has gone from thoroughly mediocre comedian to game and talk show host to moral scold and irritating git blathering ignorantly about subjects on which he knows absolutely nothing. The site Today Christian gives him a platform to spout nonsense:

Emmy Award-winning TV host and best-selling author Steve Harvey advises women not to date atheists because you don’t know where the man’s “moral barometer” is, and says that as far as someone not believing in God, “well, then, to me you’re an idiot.”

That’s ironic given his next statement:

Harvey, who also hosts a radio show and started his career in stand-up comedy, went on to say that Darwinism is essentially nonsense because he doesn’t think the universe “spun out of a gastrous ball and then all of a sudden we were evolved from monkeys.” If that were true, he says, then “why we still got monkeys?”

The moment you hear someone ask that question, you know you’re dealing with virulent ignorance. Virulent ignorance, you may recall, is not merely mundane ignorance, the type we all have. It isn’t just that Harvey doesn’t understand evolution, it’s that he is tirelessly repeating these little nuggets of stupid that give him the illusion that he understands it when he doesn’t. He actually thinks that he has found the fatal flaw in evolution, the ultimate “gotcha” question that brings the whole thing tumbling down.

That virulent ignorance then combines with the Dunning-Kruger effect and his own staggering arrogance to convince him that virtually every single biologist, geneticist, anthropologist, geologist, and paleontologist in the entire world has somehow missed this one simple question that destroys everything they’ve spent their life studying. But Steve Harvey, who knows less than nothing about the subject, has now vanquished them with his almighty gotcha question that they can’t possibly answer. As Molly Ivins liked to say, and so it goes…

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  • John Pieret

    Virulent Ignorance

    Band name!

    every single biologist, geneticist, anthropologist, geologist, and paleontologist in the entire world has somehow missed this one simple question

    What other question can simpletons ask?

  • raven

    Emmy Award-winning TV host and best-selling author Steve Harvey advises women not to date atheists because you don’t know where the man’s “moral barometer” is,

    Unlike the fundie perversion of xianity, which is outright and rabidly misogynistic. The one which makes hate, lies, and hypocrisy their three sacraments*.

    The good news is you always know where their moral barometer is. So you can run away as fast as you can.

    * Greed and ignorance are two of the minor sacraments. Steve Harvey has the ignorance one down well.

    PS If women aren’t supposed to date atheist men, what happens if they are atheist women? I suppose in Steve Harvey’s world, there are no atheist women. Or something.

  • dugglebogey

    Hang on a sec! If there are chimpanzees, how can there be gorillas? And don’t get me started on orangutans!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Steve Harvey advises women not to date atheists because you don’t know where the man’s “moral barometer” is…

    It’s in the same place as a theist’s: in the pants.

  • eric

    If Steve Harvey is the announcer for Family Feud, why we still got Louie Armstrong?

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Bad Modus! Bad!!

    I was sitting at my desk minding my own business when I read that and almost spluttered hot coffee all over my moral barometer!

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Hang on a sec! If there are chimpanzees, how can there be gorillas? And don’t get me started on orangutans!”

    And if we have orangutans, how do we still have oranges??

  • scienceavenger

    Well Steve, if you came from Africans, then why are there still Africans. And yes, it is the same, just on a smaller time scale.

    As Molly Ivins liked to say, and so it goes…

    That was Linda Ellerbee.

  • StevoR

    Also why are there still insects and bacteria and Republicans ..

  • John Pieret

    For that matter, if we have Steve Harvey, why are there still morons?

  • Alverant

    I knew there was a reason I stopped watching Family Feud. Considering some of the answers people gave on the show, he should know his claims about Atheists hold no water. I remember one question was “Name something you can’t do with your eyes OPEN.” and one person said “Read!”. (The worst part was how the family was going “Good answer, good answer!”)

  • Chiroptera

    …he doesn’t think the universe “spun out of a gastrous ball and then all of a sudden we were evolved from monkeys.”

    Now I’m imagining a creation myth where the universe starts as a big ball of monkeys hanging on to each other before they all get flung off to do monkey stuff.

    Much cooler vision than most creation myths.

  • dougmasson

    I thought “and so it goes” was Kurt Vonnegut from Slaughterhouse Five.

  • dingojack

    raven (#2) asked: “… If women aren’t supposed to date atheist men, what happens if they are atheist women?”

    Simple – they just believe whatever their Jesus-lovin’ man orders them to believe —

    for Steve, women don’t exist except through men, as daughters, wives then mothers…

    [Yes I did throw-up in my mouth a little typing that, thanks for asking]

    Dingo

  • StevoR

    @dougmasson : I thought it was a Billy Joel song? :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHO6a2H-pqY

    Frankly not my fave one of his. ‘Downeaster Alexa’ and ,i>We didn’t Start the Fire’ and even the wonderfully mawkish ‘Piano man’ are far better in my totally subjective and no doubt warped opinion.

  • marcus

    My favorite Billy Joel song is ….

    Oops, guess I don’t really care for any of them.

  • caseloweraz

    The phrase appears multiple times in Slaughterhouse Five and it is the title of Linda Ellerbee’s autobiography. Wikipedia says: Her work on NBC News Overnight was recognized by the jurors of the duPont Columbia Awards as “possibly the best written and most intelligent news program ever.”

  • chris69

    Ressponse to the question of ” If man evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?” If the Protestant church (and its many denominations) evolved from the Cathlic Church, why does the Catholic Church still exist?

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    BTW, people didn’t evolve from monkeys anyway. Monkeys and humans had a common ancestor some 10 million years ago. Humans and other apes diverged about 6 million years ago. But humans are not descended from any living species.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Gastrous ball? What? The universe is the result of an impacted colon?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    cervantes says: BTW, people didn’t evolve from monkeys anyway. Monkeys and humans had a common ancestor some 10 million years ago. Humans and other apes diverged about 6 million years ago. But humans are not descended from any living species.

    .

    I beg to differ. “Monkey” is a common term* which seems to refer to both new world monkeys and old world monkeys. Since their respective lineages split before the human/chimp split, any term which includes both of those lineages would surely include** their common ancestor, which would also be ours. But absolutely, no existing species of primate.

    .

    * Any small primate with a tail, or something like that.

    ** Note how I slip another claim in here, uncontested. I think if we saw that ancestor reconstructed, a small primate with a tail, we would call it a monkey, and we would be correct. We would probably call Lucy an ape, and any small, feathered, flying dinosaur a bird.

  • grumpyoldfart

    More than 50% of Americans will agree with every word he said.

  • jnorris

    theschwa says @ #7:

    “Hang on a sec! If there are chimpanzees, how can there be gorillas? And don’t get me started on orangutans!”

    And if we have orangutans, how do we still have oranges??

  • jnorris

    Posted too soon (sorry), I want to ask Dr. Zaius about the oranges and orangutans.

  • magistramarla

    The first time I ever heard Steve Harvey pontificating about what women want I thought that he was just a bigoted misogynist.

    Nothing that I have ever heard about him has proven otherwise.

    I feel the same way about that big-mouthed Dr. Phil.

  • nazgul7of9

    Well Steve Harvey’s moral barometer is such that he’s on marriage #3. His second wife Mary has come forward in interviews and on several Youtube videos detailing the quality of his character during their marriage: cheating with multiple mistresses, his present wife Marjorie being one of them and a letter by a woman named Terry to him, including content about an abortion of the child Terry was carrying (presumably his) and more… Glass houses Steve.

  • http://shfoster.wordpress.com/ stephenfoster

    “Gastrous ball”? Does that have anything to do with beans or cabbage?

  • dingojack

    I was invited to the Gastrous Ball — but my coach got turned into a pumpkin.

    Dingo

  • Funny Diva

    dingojack @28:

    poor guy! Did he get better?!

  • dingojack

    Nah – now he keeps praying (or was it preying?) in the NAME of JEES-us …

    :( Dingo