Peter Hess, the Director of Religious Community Outreach for the National Center for Science Education, takes Glenn Beck to task for comparing Bill Nye to the Catholic Church that persecuted Galileo. And he writes some absolutely delicious prose. I really wish I’d written this:
Beck attacked Bill Nye the Science Guy for the latter’s claim in a video that teaching creationism is dangerous and inappropriate for children. In a puzzling non sequitur, Beck compared Nye to the sixteenth-century persecutors of Galileo. He asked rhetorically: “How’s he gonna look? Really? Is he going to look like the people who threw Galileo up? [sic]” (NCSE’s research team has been unable to find historical references to Galileo having been eaten and regurgitated by bulimic members of the Inquisition.)
Glenn Beck’s mind is a labyrinth of illogical inferences, historical blunders, and moral contradictions. When he opens his mouth, they all come buzzing angrily forth like malevolent spirits pouring forth from Pandora’s box…
Glenn Beck plays the court jester in the throne room of the kingdom of antiscience—a menace to rational thought and especially to science.
Perfect. Absolutely perfect.