Bill Nye, the Science Warrior

According to John Schwartz‘s profile on him in the New York Times, Bill Nye isn’t just a “science guy” anymore; he’s a science warrior with a massive fan base fed up with science-deniers (which often include religious leaders):

[Nye] takes on those who would demand that the public schools teach alternative theories of evolution and the origins of the earth — most famously, in a video clip from the site that has been viewed some five million times. In it, he flatly tells adult viewers that “if you want to deny evolution and live in your world — in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe — that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it, because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.”

Phil Plait, the creator of the Bad Astronomy blog at and a fierce advocate himself, is more like Mr. Nye, willing to take the gloves off in rebutting those who might deny that men landed on the moon, or the evidence for human effects on climate change.

Mr. Plait said admiringly of Mr. Nye, “He will very calmly tear them apart,” adding, “His big advantage is, he’s right. We know that climate change is real. We know creationism is wrong. These are no longer scientific controversies.”

The biggest takeaway from the piece is that Bill Nye is a successful and popular science advocate. Nearly everything he’s saying should not be controversial… yet, you can bet some individuals are going to see this as an anti-Christian article. You know Ken Ham is already writing up his rebuttal piece about how he gets audiences that are also in the thousands… without mentioning that they’re mostly children who were brought there by their parents.

It’s not anti-Christian. It’s just pro-reality. And if those two things are in conflict, reality wins every time.

By the way, you can (and should) see that BigThink video about Creationism below:

About Hemant Mehta

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