Not all atheists are skeptics.
This Friday, Bill Maher will be accepting the Richard Dawkins award from the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason. Professor Dawkins, apparently, admired Maher’s comedy film Religulous that was released last October.
Why do people think Bill Maher is intelligent? We are talking about a man who admires Michael Moore’s movies and thinks that western medicine is a “complete scare tactic.” Here is an excerpt from his interview with Larry King:
KING: Worried about Avian flu?
MAHER: Not the least. You know my theory about health.
MAHER: Well, we’ve talked about it. I’m not into western medicine. That to me is a complete scare tactic. It just shows you, you can…
KING: You mean you don’t get a — you don’t get a flu shot?
MAHER: A flu shot is the worst thing you can do.
KING: Why? MAHER: Because it’s got — it’s got mercury.
KING: It prevents flu.
MAHER: It doesn’t prevent. First of all, that’s…
KING: I haven’t had the flu in 25 years since I’ve been taking a flu shot.
MAHER: Well, I hate to tell you, Larry, but if you have a flu shot for more than five years in a row, there’s ten times the likelihood that you’ll get Alzheimer’s disease. I would stop getting your…
KING: What did you say?
MAHER: That went better in rehearsal but it was still good. Absolutely, no the defense against disease is to have a strong immune system. A flu shot just compromises your immune system.
KING: So you don’t take any western medicine, don’t take an aspirin?
MAHER: Never, an aspirin no. Thousands of people die from aspirin every year.
There you can see that Maher is completely comfortable sharing his poorly informed opinion on a topic about which he knows absolutely nothing. Maher is oblivious to the fact that the thiomersal content of vaccines is well under the limit of mercury that the body is able to tolerate. The levels determined to be safe are based on the kinetics of methylmercury which is metabolized much more slowly than the ethylmercury from thiomersal. Yet, Maher is being given an award for being an advocate of science and reason from none other than Richard Dawkins. What does Richard Dawkins have to say about alternive medicine? Watch the following clip from Dawkins’ ironically named film “The Enemies of Reason.”
If that isn’t enough to demonstrate the idiocy and hypocrisy in choosing Maher as the recipient of the award, watch one more clip. This time, it is from Real Time and shows Bill Maher blatantly advocating alternative medicine (about 50 seconds in).
I think it is a disgrace that Bill Maher is going to be given an award for “science and reason” when his only accomplishment has been making a skubulos movie full of cheap laughs and sensational imagery. His views on vaccines and cancer fly in the face of all of the available evidence. Maher is on the level of ID proponents and anti-vaxxers. Let him get an award from the author of “Healing Autism,” not the author of the “Selfish Gene.”