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Steve Harvey on Atheists: ‘To Me, You’re An Idiot’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | January 6, 2015 | 6:08 PM EST

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.”

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?”

Harvey, host of the Family Feud, the Steve Harvey show, and author of the best seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man made his comments during separate interviews with talks show hosts Tyra Banks and Joy Behar.

During the interview with Tyra Banks, an audience member asked for some dating advice and Harvey said one of the most important questions to ask is, “Does he have a relationship with God?”

Steve Harvey. (AP)

“You’re sitting there talking with a dude and he tells you he’s an atheist, you need to pack it up and go home,” said Harvey.  “You know, talking to a person that don’t believe in God, what’s his moral barometer? Where’s it at? It’s nowhere.”

That topic was also covered in his New York Times No. 1 best seller Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.  In reference to that issue, on CNN Joy Behar asked Harvey,  “You say in the book that you wouldn't go out with a woman, I guess, a woman should not go out with a man that doesn't believe in God.”

Harvey said, “No, I mean, why would you?”

The exchange continued,

Behar: “Do you believe that only people who are religious are ethical and moral?”

Harvey:  “No. I just believe if you don't believe in God, then where is your moral barometer? That's just me talking. You can believe what you want to believe. But if you're an atheist, you're basing your goodness and morality on what? I mean, but what is an atheist? I don't really get into that. I've talked the people all the time. I'm an atheist. I just walk away. I don't know what to say to you.”

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Behar:  “Well, an atheist is someone that doesn't quite believe that there is somebody out there, some God out there.”

Harvey:  “Well, then, to me you're an idiot.”

Behar: “Okay. Well –”

Harvey:  “I'm cool with that. Probably not the right, politically correct thing to say. But if you don't believe in God, I mean, really, you have to have an explanation for this. You can't just tell me it spun out of a gastrous ball and then all of a sudden we were evolved from monkeys. Why we still got monkeys? There is too much open. I just believe that and if you don't believe that, then I don't like talking to you.”

Steve Harvey, 57, hosts the Steve Harvey Morning Show (radio), the Steve Harvey show (television), and Family Feud, which is syndicated by ABC and won the 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host.  The Steve Harvey show won the 2014 Outstanding Talk Series Award at the 45th NAACP Image Awards.

In addition to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, Harvey’s 2014 book Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success was a No. 1 New York Times best seller.


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman