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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Comment by MdoubleU on April 30, 2012 at 8:05pm

As a Texas resident I have come to realize that people here in Texas are highly educated in every way except for when it comes to Astronomy.  One time my friend told me that the sun was the biggest star in the universe and that it was in the middle of our galaxy. 

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on April 30, 2012 at 9:09pm

I'm glad he didn't touch upon Lucifer..whew!

In Latin, from which the English word is derived, Lucifer (as a noun) means "light-bearer" (from the words lucem ferre)


Comment by Ken Hughes on April 30, 2012 at 9:16pm

"Educated in every way" when in addition to thinking the Sun is the biggest star in the universe, they're spot-on; in our universe but not the cosmos.  More to the point I'll bet a majority of them also think that their doG put it there after he "created' it.  Stupid is as stupid believes.

May I also heartily recommend "The Story of Stupidity".  It may be found along with the first book, "Understanding Stupidity" by simply googling either title.

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on April 30, 2012 at 9:48pm

Arch I wonder what goes thru a xtains mind when they go see Clash of the Titans?

Comment by Mark Bujarski on April 30, 2012 at 10:33pm

I want to say first that not all Christians believe this. Science is science and we know the moon reflects the sun. The Genesis verse never says anything about the two great lights both generating light, the moon does rule the night, but the light comes from sun. 2 great lights simply implies they are not completely the same. The sun directly rules the day and then the moon reflects the sun to rule the night.

Also Johnny, Google is not your best source for Biblical Hebrew. Try talking to an expert in the language.

My point is not all Christians are ignorant, if fact most Christians will recognize the scientific fact behind this.

Comment by agio on April 30, 2012 at 11:00pm

The moon in Gen 1:16 is: ha-ma'or ha-qaton, "the little light which rules the night" in contrast to the sun, "the big light which rules the day".  The two are spoken of together in the first half of the verse as "the two great lights" (sh'ne m'oroth hagadolim) so I think Nye is correct in describing the biblical understanding of the sun and the moon as two different luminous bodies, one for the day and the other for the night.

Comment by Eric Mazzone on April 30, 2012 at 11:48pm

Please, please, please someone tell me that they have a scan of the newspaper article.  It'd be proof enough of the stupidity down that way.

Comment by Pope Beanie on May 1, 2012 at 2:48am

I don't blame people for not reading 26 pages of comments here.

Meanwhile, Kim Cailteux mentioned that the paper explained to her why the link (which was already years old) didn't work any more, and posted a copy of the paper's response and the original story here.

Comment by Gregg Johnson on May 1, 2012 at 4:55am

No, the point of the article is that Bill Nye was booed for saying that the moon reflects the sun. That isn't what happened, though, judging from the scant few facts presented here. He was booed for claiming that man's science contradicted God's word. One can know that the moon reflects the sun and still take issue with his statement, especially since it is incorrect concerning the verse in question. He can, of course, be forgiven that as he is the Science Guy, rather than the Bible Guy, and perhaps their reaction was a little extreme (one wonders whether there were other statements of a similar kind leading up to this), but he brought it on himself.

Comment by Lauren Day on May 1, 2012 at 5:04am

Religious fundamentalists make me sad


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