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 Rio Santana on May 19, 2013 at 7:17pm

sad, how close minded people are when their religion is questioned even in the smallest reference.

Comment by Robert Germanovich on May 19, 2013 at 7:19pm

strega, your words are slightly out of form for something that i am sure i would agree with. the age of the earth itself has no bearing on the age of the stars out there emitting light. However, creationists contend the universe is the same age as the earth. If you rewrote that with "if the universe is only"... it would be both correct and a useable defense.

Comment by brookelynn rainwater on May 19, 2013 at 7:42pm

God said let there be light, then He made the sun and moon. There was already light then its like He formed the sources and seperated them and put them in their place. Thats how i would do it

Comment by Strega on May 19, 2013 at 7:48pm

Thanks, Robert Germanovich!  You are quite correct :) 

Comment by brookelynn rainwater on May 19, 2013 at 7:57pm

Willet, who wrote before the birth of Newton, and at a time when solar physics and spectrum analysis were things of the remote future. It m not unlike, says he, "but that this light (of the first day), after the creation of the celestial bodies, might be drawn upward and have his reflection upon the beame of the sunne and of other starres" And again, "Whereas the light created the first day is called or, but the starres (meaning the heavenly bodies) are called meoroth, as of the light, hence it may appear that these lightsome (i.e. luminous) bodies were made the receptacles of that light thou created, which was now increased and united to these lights" ('Hexapla,' vers. 3, 14, London, 1632)

Comment by Robert Germanovich on May 19, 2013 at 8:05pm

Arch, whoever says you cannot create darkness, has not dated any of my ex girlfriends.

Comment by Strega on May 19, 2013 at 8:13pm

@Arch yes I'm sure.  But I liked the bite sized version you gave above, too

Comment by Albert Bakker on May 20, 2013 at 5:02am

And I thought it was such a big thing in Christian apologetics that cause precedes effect. But first making the light and after that a source from which that light emanated is perhaps more supernaturally elegant. Why not have it so that the Sun instead of radiating light is just sucking out the darkness from the Earth?

Comment by Ben Arnold on May 31, 2013 at 7:58am

I'm surprised that anyone in Waco understands the Hebrew language of 2,000 years ago, much less having read and understood the bible.  I know from personal experience that people get terribly upset when they find out that what their preacher has been telling them is totally at odds with what the bible is trying to Impart.  I so hope we never get another president from Texas or we're doomed.


Comment by Joel Lee on November 3, 2013 at 11:49am

I don't think people were upset because they didn't know the moon reflects the sun's light.  I'm sure they were offended because Bill implied their religion is nonsense.  Of all the scriptures he could pick on, it was also an odd choice.  God created two lights in the sky, the bible says, but it doesn't mention that one of them is just reflecting light from the other.  So, should it mention that?  Is that important to the point being made?  They're both sources of light that God allegedly created.  It's kind of like he got up there and split hairs just for the sake of showing that the bible is flawed.  Was that even supposed to be his topic, or was it just an off the cuff remark?  Maybe he should put some material together so he can give a talk about how flawed the bible is or something.  All of this to say, I think this "reflects" poorly on all involved.  xD


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