Atheist activist Bill Maher recently helped promote a quack who claims he cured Charlie Sheen, and entire countries, of AIDS with the milk of arthritic goats:
Maher hosted—and seemed to take seriously—Dr. Samir Chachoua, who famously injected himself with Charlie Sheen’s blood while treating the HIV-positive actor in Mexico, as revealed on an episode of Dr. Oz that ran earlier this month. Chachoua is not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., a fact glossed over by Maher, who repeatedly gave the “doctor” the benefit of the doubt as a beacon of hope in the fight against AIDS. Maher furthermore denigrated the usefulness of the antiretroviral drugs that are proven life-savers to promote Chachoua’s supposed miracle cure.
It’s not exactly surprising that Bill Maher would lap this sort of thing up. Last year, Mediate chronicled his lengthy history of vaccine skepticism, and in April, he welcomed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to show for a conversation about vaccines, and said, “It astounds me that liberals, who are always suspicious of corporations… and defending minorities, somehow when it comes to this minority that’s hurt, it’s like, ‘You know what? Shut the f__k up and let me take every vaccine that Merck wants to shove down my throat.’”
And as noted AIDS activist Peter Staley said this weekend on Facebook, Maher “has a history of AIDS denialism,” including blurbing the late Christine Maggiore’s book“What If Everything You Thought You Knew about AIDS Was Wrong?”
The thing to keep in mind here is that Maher is a leader in the New Atheist movement. He has been given the Richard Dawkins award. He was on the Advisory Board for Sam Harris’ failed think tank, Project Reason. He spoke to the crowd at the 2012 Reason Rally. He is enlisted to write book blurbs for Dawkins. And he is often promoted on Jerry Coyne’s blog.
It’s hilarious to watch the New Atheists posture as if they represent reason and science when one of their leaders is Bill Maher.