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Re: [humanism-174] Does Maher deserve the AAI Dawkins award?

From: Ginger
Sent on: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 7:28 AM
Except that even if they eliminate that criteria he's still not an atheist.

--- On Tue, 9/29/09, Josh <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Josh <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [humanism-174] Does Maher deserve the AAI Dawkins award?
To: [address removed]
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 2:29 AM

Bill Maher should not receive this award. 

The official award criteria states:


The Richard Dawkins Award will be given every year to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage advocates increased scientific knowledge; who through work or by example teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public posture mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr. Richard Dawkins.  (emphasis added by me)



Bill Maher is an anti-vaccine crank, sympathetic to HIV/AIDS denialism, a booster of PETA, and believer in cancer quackery.  Click each of the links for an in- depth look into Maher's anti-scientific views.  These facts about Maher do not meet the criteria "advocates increased scientific knowledge".  If they were to eliminate that from the criteria then I would have no problem with him receiving the award. 


Josh III

-----Original Message-----
From: Ginger <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Mon, Sep 28,[masked]:18 pm
Subject: [humanism-174] Does Maher deserve the AAI Dawkins award?

http://atheistexperience.blogspot.com/search?q=maher

"Atheist Alliance International will be giving this year's Richard Dawkins award to Bill Maher...and some people, including me, are pretty annoyed." Matt Dillahunty

""I'm not an atheist. There's a really big difference between an atheist and someone who just doesn't believe in religion. Religion to me is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need. But I'm not an atheist, no." I believe there's some force. If you want to call it God... I don't believe God is a single parent who writes books. I think that the people who think God wrote a book called The Bible are just childish. Religion is so childish. What they're fighting about in the Middle East, it's so childish. These myths, these silly little stories that they believe in fundamentally, that they take over this little space in Jerusalem where one guy flew up to heaven--no, no, this guy performed a sacrifice here a thousand million years ago. It's like, "Who cares? What does that have to do with spirituality, where you're really trying to get, as a human being and as a soul moving in the universe?" But I do believe in a God, yes." - Bill Maher, 2002




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