The weekend is upon us and I am super excited because I have a table at the Atheist Alliance International Convention this weekend in Burbank, California! Woot!
There are going to be some amazing speakers, Pz Meyers, Eugenie Scott, Daniel Denett and Carolyn Porco just to name a few. Do click on the link above for a full list of all the fantastic speakers.
The headlining speaker and man of the hour is of course, Richard Dawkins. Many skeptics attending the event are especially interested in an award being presented by AAI in Richards Dawkins’ name. The “Richard Dawkins Award” to be exact.
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.
This year the award is being presented to Mr. Bill Maher. Yes, Religulous was a funny movie and I enjoyed it but to present an award with the above quoted criteria to a man who doesn’t believe in germ theory, who thinks that all disease is caused by mystery toxins and who says things on twitter like, (sic) “If u get a flu shot ur an idiot.” and who doesn’t even claim to be an atheist is a bit odd. I direct your attention to an in-depth summery of the Dawkins and Maher debacle here on Orac’s Scienceblog.
Whether you approve or disapprove of AAI’s decision to award Mr. Maher with the Richard Dawkins Award, one thing is for sure, it’s going to be a very interesting weekend.