Bill Maher gets spanked by Michael Shermer
I know many fans of the podcast are a little confused about what to make of Bill Maher. His movie, Religulous, was one of the few pleasures of 2009. His passionate tirade at the end of the movie, arguing that religious faith and superstition made the world more dangerous, was compelling. And yet, this is the same man who does not believe in vaccinations, and mistrusts “modern” medicine.
I suppose it’s a little hard for everyone to believe a person who can so rationally argue against religion could be so stupid. I find it only reinforces the notion that no one on this planet can be right about everything. Everyone is wrong about some things; you just have to make sure the shit you’re wrong about isn’t really a big deal. Problem is that undermining vaccination is actually a HUGE FUCKING DEAL, and puts peoples’ lives in real danger.
So, while Bill Maher claims religious irrationality is dangerous (which I agree with), his own attitudes about vaccination compromises the immunization of adults and children. It’s no surprise many of the diseases that were once conquered have resurfaced (you might recall measles is back with a vengeance ). So Michael Shermer, editor in chief of Skeptic Magazine, wrote Bill a nice and polite letter telling him to basically stop being a retard.
I think the problem might be Bill’s pride hasn’t let him get over the fact that his opinions on medical science are on par with nutty conspiracy theorists. Hey, to be fair, I used to believe in ghosts and all kinds of crazy shit. I had to admit to myself there was no basis in reality for my dumb ideas, and that’s an inevitable part of growing up.
So cut out the anti-vaccination shit Bill, or you’re going to keep getting spanked.