(Photo: Screen Grab via YouTube/Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell)
In a lighthearted debate about whether or not God exists, atheist comedian Jamie Kilstein concluded on W. Kamau Bell's late-night FX talk show "Totally Biased," that if God exists he must be a "sociopath".
Kilstein who debated the subject with fellow comedian and believer John Fugelsang explained that it was his wife who led him down the path of atheism a few years ago when they were still dating.
At one point during the show, host Bell joked that he couldn't afford to not believe in God because he is black. He also quipped: "Atheism is like the highest level of white privilege. It's like having a black belt in white privilege".
When asked what was the harm in believing in God, Kilstein responded: "I feel like a lot of people will use religion to sort of like solidify their agenda. You know, you do look at the most prominent homophobia, sexism, all this stuff comes from religion and mainstream religion."
Fugelsang said his mother was an ex-nun and his father was a Franciscan brother and he had come to see Jesus much like Elvis: "I love the guy, but a lot of the fan clubs really freak me out."
"I think a lot of times the mistake we make is confusing God and religion, and thinking they are the same thing," he pointed out. "You look at the character of Jesus, and he scares the hell out the conservatives even today."
"If Jesus came back today, you wouldn't be able to hear him talk over Christians calling him a socialist," said Fugelsang. "He was a peaceful, radical, non-violent revolutionary, hung out with lepers and crooks, never spoke English, wasn't an American citizen, anti-wealth, ant-death penalty, anti-public prayer… never anti-gay, never anti-abortion, never anti-premarital sex, long-haired, brown-skinned — that's in Revelation, Kirk Cameron — brown-skinned, homeless, Middle Eastern Jew."
"If that guy was real, I would totally hang out with him," joked Kilstein.
He later explained that a lot of atheists really believe as far as the facts take them.
"So my take is if I get up to Heaven and there is a God and he's like, 'You were wrong, how did you live your life?' And I'm like, 'I tried to help people, I tried to give to charity, I didn't know if you were real, there was no evidence,'" said Kilstein.
"And he was like, 'Well, you didn't worship me every day.' And I'm like, 'Fine. Send me wherever is as far away from here as possible because you're a sociopath!'"