Bill Nye Boo'd In Texas For Saying The Moon Reflects The Sun

Bill Nye, the harmless children's edu-tainer known as "The Science Guy," managed to offend a select group of adults in Waco, Texas at a presentation, when he suggested that the moon does not emit light, but instead reflects the light of the sun.

As even most elementary-school graduates know, the moon reflects the light of the sun but produces no light of its own.

But don't tell that to the good people of Waco, who were "visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence," according to the Waco Tribune.

Nye was in town to participate in McLennan Community College's Distinguished Lecture Series. He gave two lectures on such unfunny and adult topics as global warming, Mars exploration, and energy consumption.

But nothing got people as riled as when he brought up Genesis 1:16, which reads: "God made two great lights -- the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars."

The lesser light, he pointed out, is not a light at all, but only a reflector.

At this point, several people in the audience stormed out in fury. One woman yelled "We believe in God!" and left with three children, thus ensuring that people across America would read about the incident and conclude that Waco is as nutty as they'd always suspected.

This story originally appeared in the Waco Tribune, but the newspaper has mysteriously pulled its story from the online version, presumably to avoid further embarrassment.

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  • Noel Parsons

    @ALH - BOOED

    Really, ALH.  No need to go all Trump on people that aren't as anal about spelling and grammar, dear.  I was merely using the same spelling used by the author in his article.  I don't feel the need to correct everything I see in print or look down on others because they don't share the same values.

  • ALH

    Since the Bible doesn't even say that either Sun or Moon actually generates light, the parents' reaction makes me believe that their stalking out was 100% theater and 0% genuine outrage, though why anyone would actually want to position him- or herself as a self-righteous ignoramus is mystifying.  These people aren't so stupid that they don't know that much of the world doesn't agree with them.

  • ALH

    I was commenting on the spelling (or MISspelling, to be more precise) in the headline of the article.  I never even read your repeat of it.