I didn’t bother covering the “Ham on Nye” debate because I thought it was just dumb. A children’s TV show host debating a quack fundie? What next, a debate about Thetans between Dora the Explorer and Tom Cruise?
When I kept seeing “Who will win?!” comments on Twitter, my only thought was: Can’t they both lose?
Young Earth Creationism is science for idiots. Ken Ham’s theories are a joke, and in debating him Bill Nye is just squishing the low-hanging fruit of theism. It’s shooting fish in a barrel. This wasn’t a debate about “creationism.” It was a debate about the intellectual bankruptcy of fundamentalist Christianity.
And you know who agrees we me? Pat Freakin’ Robertson: the man who puts the fun back into fundamentalist extremism:
I’m marking this day down in my calendar because it was the day I agreed with Pat Robertson.
Oh, and Ken? My friend wants to have a word with you: