Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Questionable Quotations in His Presentations

About a week ago, I posted about some questionable statements Neil deGrasse Tyson makes in his presentations. Having seen him in person, I felt he led the audience to believe they were direct quotations… even though there was no evidence of those exact statements ever being made.

Those two above are perfect examples. There are no citations, but the lines that are supposed to be indicative of our nation’s innumeracy are in quotation marks, and the way he brings them up (near the 1:38 mark below) makes you think they were actually said.

Keep in mind he often makes similar presentations, so this was hardly an isolated incident.

Last night, on Facebook, Tyson responded to Sean Davis of the Federalist — the guy who initially raised the suspicions. He explained that the quotations were not actual quotations, but that he also never intended for them to be seen in that way:

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Southern Baptist Convention Kicks Out Church For Tolerating Gays

A church in California has been ousted from the Southern Baptist Convention after embracing a vague policy not to denounce LGBT people.

Earlier this year, Danny Cortez (below), the pastor at the New Heart Community Church, gave a sermon called “Why I Changed My Mind on Homosexuality” that sparked discussion among congregants about the church’s stance on LGBT people. They put the issue to a vote, ultimately deciding to take a step toward LGBT-inclusiveness (we wrote about the vote in much more detail here):



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Rumors of a Vatican Reversal on Contraception Are Highly Exaggerated

The headlines are optimistic:

“Pope Francis adviser hints at rethink on contraception ban” (The Telegraph)

“Pope in battle to win acceptance for contraception, divorcees, and annulments” (Irish Central)

“Vatican might OK contraception” (Joe. My. God)

Dig a little deeper into the story, though, and the truth is a lot less exciting. As is often the case, a well-known Vatican official says something off-the-cuff and the media, not always able to provide context, reads into it more than is actually there.

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JeffCo School Board (in Colorado) Wants to Revise the AP U.S. History Curriculum… with the Help of Christians

Last year, three conservatives won seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education in Colorado, giving them a majority on the five-member board.

The community is now seeing the results of that election because the board wants to rethink the Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum to make sure it’s being taught “properly”… which is to say they don’t want to stress the things that make our country look awful. Earlier this week, students led a protest over this rewriting of our own history:

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Mizzou Cancels Church Bulletin Discount for Upcoming Volleyball Game; Now, Everyone Can Attend for Free

Yesterday, I posted about a possibly illegal discount for Christians the University of Missouri was offering for an upcoming women’s volleyball game. Anyone who brought in a church bulletin would get free admission.

At some point, maybe after being alerted to the legal concerns, they also offered printable vouchers that anybody could bring in for free admission. Yet, the Christian discount — now completely unnecessary — remained in place:



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