On yesterday’s episode of The View, the ladies were discussing the Inauguration and the (more liberal) Joy Behar made the following comment about how she appreciated the inclusive nature of Barack Obama’s speech (emphasis mine):
I’ve never heard a presid — we were talking about this this morning — I’ve never heard a presidential speech where they also acknowledged non-believers. I mean, there was a lot of Jesus and a lot of religion, but to actually say we’re reaching out even to you pathetic atheists out there, you know, who don’t believe, I thought that was a great thing.
While I appreciate her sentiments — and I know she’s speaking in favor of the inclusion of atheists — you *know* there would be hell to pay if she said “pathetic Jews” or “pathetic Koreans” or what-have-you.
We’ve come to expect absurd statements from the conservative hosts of The View. But Joy?!
Even our “friend” uses derogatory terms when talking about us — and I don’t even think she meant it that way!
Is this an overreaction or should she have to apologize?
***Update***: Many commenters are saying she’s being sarcastic. I understand that. Like I say in this post, she’s usually on our side on issues and defends us. I don’t think she’s trying to purposely attack atheists. I can also usually understand her humor. But even as a joke, I don’t think she’d get away with this if she substituted a different word in for “atheist.”
If you want to see that comment in context, by the way, you can do so by going here, clicking on “watch now” (under “Watch Free Episodes”) and going to the 8:40 mark of the 1/21 episode.