Comedian W. Kamau Bell: ‘Atheism is Like the Highest Level of White Privilege’

On a recent episode of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, the host moderated a debate on God’s existence between atheist comedian Jamie Kilstein and Christian John Fugelsang:

Bell set the tone right up front: “I kind of feel like I’m in the middle of this debate because I do believe in God… I feel like, as a black guy, I can’t not believe in God… I’d wake up in the morning, ‘I’m black and there’s no God? I’m going back to sleep.’”

And later: “Atheism is like the highest level of white privilege. It’s like having a black belt in white privilege.” A great line, considering all the reasons African-Americans could have for not believing in God.

Fugelsang was likable enough, though one of his lines about how there can be “atheist fundamentalists” went unchallenged (at least in the editing room). All of them seemed to agree, without elaboration in the final cut, that Richard Dawkins was Islamophobic.

Still, not a bad conversation about religion for a late-night talk show — outside of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” anyway.

(via Christian Post)

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